An old copper brewing pot was stolen from Picton’s George IV Inn last night.
The building foreman noticed the missing pot when he arrived on site at 7am.
The pot, which is believed to be about 100 years old, is two metres wide and 1.8 metres tall. It is made out of copper and has black fittings.
Pub manager Peta Cohen is asking for witnesses to come forward.
“The police have been contacted,” she said.
“We left the pub at about 11pm and after going through some of the footage, we think the pot was taken about 12.30am or 1am.
“We will continue to go through our footage.
“If anyone has camera footage from their house or car dashcam that captures the robbery or the pot being moved, please contact the pub or police.
“Hopefully someone’s camera captured something.”
The pot was locked in the building site at the pub and was tied down.
“We believe the thieves came in through the creek side,” Mrs Cohen said.
“It would appear the thieves knew what they were looking for and knew the value of the copper.
“The theft appears to be targetted.”
The pot is estimated to be worth $20,000 to $30,000.
The pot is an iconic piece of history at the pub.
Mrs Cohen believes the pot was shipped in from Germany by Geoffery Scharer in the 1970s and was once functional for brewing.
George IV Inn owners Adam Cryer and Ross Robinson planned to use the pot as a new feature in the pub's renovations.
“Adam and Ross wanted to start a micro brewery eventually,” he said.
“The pot was going to be a symbol of the history of the pub as a brewery.
“The owners have invested so much into the pub and the George’s success has helped the town.
“It is disgusting people would steal something from the pub.”
If anyone has any information or any footage that may help, contact Mrs Cohen on 4601 7730 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.