Four black balaclavas and two walkie-talkies have been found near Bridgnorth as part of what police believe is an abandoned burglary kit.
The walkie-talkies, a Musto jacket and the balaclava masks were found in a garden in Chorley Village Lane, Billingsley, as well as a pair of trainers.
And police are hoping that three small copper rivets which were found stuck in the soles of the trainers could help identify the burglars.
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Edwards, head of Shropshire CID, said: “It’s something of a mystery as to how these items came to be there. No attempt has been made to protect them from the weather or to conceal them.
“It could be someone driving past has discarded them and simply thrown them over the wall.”
The burglary kit was found at 2pm on bank holiday Monday, August 27, and may have lain in the garden for several days.
The shoes are described as black safety trainers, with heavy-duty bottoms and steel toecaps.
DCI Edwards said: “We think the gear belongs to burglars who have decided to get rid of it. Those rivets may have been picked up in their shoes while committing a crime, perhaps in a garage or workshop, while looking for metal to steal.”
Call Shrewsbury CID on 0300 333 3000, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.