A ‘SUBSTANTIAL’ four-figure reward was offered midweek for the safe return of missing jewellery to the Church of Scotland.
The Right Reverand Albert Bogle, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, also issued a plea for the gold ring and cross pendant to be given back.
Unique to the office of the Moderator, currently held by the Bo’ness minister, they went missing from Edinburgh Airport last Friday at about 8.30am.
They were in a very distinctive, brown saddle-style bag with Peruvian-style embroidery, on a luggage trolley outside the terminal at the pre-booked taxi area.
Mr Bogle, who was in South Africa over Easter on Moderator’s business with wife Martha, said: “I urge those responsible for taking these items to look at themselves in the mirror and see that the right thing to do would be to return them as soon as possible.
“The jewellery and cross are of significant historical importance and belong to the Church of Scotland.”
They would continue to be ‘proudly’ worn as essential symbols of faith by him and future Moderators, he said.
The gold ring - which dates back to 1910 and has been stolen at least once before - has an amethyst stone bearing a burning bush and St Andrews cross with the motto ‘Nec Tamen Consumebatur’.
The cross pendant is on a silver link neck chain.
Police Scotland is continuing its investigations. The reward is subject to specific conditions. Contact Police Scotland on 101, or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.