Valuable Dinky Toy Collection Is Stolen

A Dinky toy fanatic has had his priceless collection stolen from his home. Roger Molineux has collected Dinky Toys all his life and owns a total of over 50 of the miniature vehicles which were all in mint condition and in their original boxes. A burglar broke into the Macclesfield home on September 11 and took seven of the vehicles. The stolen vehicles are two grey Rolls Royce models; an electric blue “Ever Ready Batteries” commercial van, and a red “Heinz” commercial van; a small creme Chevolet car; a pale green Land Rover and a blue “Corgi Toy Hillman Husky”. “They have so much sentimental value to me,” said Roger. “The toys are always kept in a box in my room.


“I don’t know why they chose to take them, they are not on view for all to see. I keep the dinky toys in my room.” Roger said that he returned from work at 10.30pm to find a glass panel in the front door had been smashed. Along with the dinky toys, £200 in cash was stolen from the bedroom.

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Chalfont St Peter Man Has Train Collection Stolen While In Hospital

An 85-year-old man had his collection of model trains stolen while he was in hospital. The man started his collection in 1977 and several trains, wagons and carriages were stolen by thieves who broke into his shed. He was in hospital from May 9-July 9 and discovered the break-in at his home in Ninnings Road, Chalfont St Peter, when he returned home from hospital.


Among the items stolen are a GNR Green Locomotive, a Wren Railway engine and a model of the Flying Scotsman. Also missing is a black plastic dustbin which may have been taken to carry the stolen property.

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Model Railway Theft

Overnight on Wednesday 15 June 2011, the Conwy Valley Railway Museum in Betws-y-Coed was broken into. The thieves disabled the three CCTV cameras by spraying over the lenses. They took more than £30,000 pounds worth of model railway engines and carriages. The thieves appeared to know what they were doing and police believe this was a targeted raid which has hit the small family-run business hard. They stole a massive amount of stock – around 180 items in all. Ninety percent of which was standard Hornby models many of which are mass produced and very hard to trace.


But the thieves also took seven Basset Lowke “0” gauge locomotives which are the more valuable engines. These are worth more almost £800 each. They also took two super model LGB locomotives valued at more than £2,000 each. Each of these models has an individual serial number which makes them easily identifiable. However the thieves left behind the boxes and the instruction manuals which will make the engines very hard to sell on legitimately. This isn’t an isolated incident. There was a similar burglary in Kent in May and North Wales Police has been liaising with officers there. They believe all the items may well be heading for foreign markets in Europe but would urge anyone who may have been offered anything similar for sale or seen them advertised to get in touch. Earlier in the year the museum and shop had been featured on the programme Great British Railway Journeys. There is a suggestion that the thieves may have been seen the stock etc on there and decided to carry out the theft.

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Horton Bank Top Man Devastated At Model Railway Theft

A model rail enthusiast has been left devastated after metal thieves stole the train he had been building for six months. Mr Smith, 70, had spent hundreds of hours recreating a five-foot-long model of a Great Western Dean goods engine. He had almost completed it when raiders forced their way into his garage and stole the miniature steam locomotive for its copper and brass parts. Mr Smith, of Bray Close, Horton Bank Top, Bradford, said: “I started building it last August and must have put 700 or 800 hours work into it.


I was only about a fortnight away from finishing it. “I kept the model on a stand in the garage next to the house. When I got up this morning I found the locks to the garage had been forced and the train had gone. All that was left was the chassis and wheels. “It had a copper boiler and copper and brass parts. It must have been taken by metal thieves. The copper boiler itself is worth £4,000 to £4,500, but no doubt they will take it to a scrapyard and get not very much for it. I am just devastated.”

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More Than 100 Model Cars And Dinky Toys Stolen In Potters Bar

Following a burglary where more than 100 collectable toys were stolen from a house in Potters Bar, police are appealing for witnesses. On June 28, between 1pm and 4pm, the offenders forced open the door of a garage in Willow Way.


They stole a blue Otis bag which contained model buses, and a white box containing a number of Dinky toys.

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Pasco Deputies: $20,000 In Stolen Model Trains Sold For $700

A 33-year-old man is accused of stealing $20,000 in model trains and selling the collectibles for merely $700 online.


Eric Malm was arrested Wednesday and charged with burglary, dealing in stolen property and violating his felony drug offender probation. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said Malm stole the trains from a retiree’s home in Aripeka and sold them by placing an ad online. Malm knew the victim, the report states.

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Model Trains Stolen In Burglary

A burglary took place in Mill Corner in Hingham last weekend. The incident happened between 4pm on Saturday 24 September and 11am on Sunday 25 September when suspect(s) gained access to a workshop which had been left insecure by mistake.


About 20 model trains worth about £2,000 were stolen along with numerous tools including drills and chisels.

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Thief Drops Stolen Coin Collection Into Coinstar Machine

On Christmas day, Dan Johnson Jr. and two friends allegedly broke into a shed on his father’s property, where the coin collection was stowed. The burglars also reportedly stole tools and two safes, which had approximately 50 to 60 pounds of silver and jewelry inside.


The thieves took the coin collection, worth several thousand dollars, and dropped it into a Coinstar machine, where they received $450. They were unsuccessful in their attempts to put the silver coins into the machine and eventually took those to a local bank. “It was an inheritance, which made it even worse because I lost an inheritance that was meant to go forward for my children and grandchildren,” Johnson said of the collection that his son had purloined.

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Presteigne Collector Offers Stolen Stamps Reward

An elderly stamp collector had his £80,000 collection stolen during a raid on his home. The victim, from Presteigne, Powys, who does not want to be named, spent 60 years building up his collection, which included several rare examples. Some of the stamps were recovered when two people were charged and then jailed for theft at Merthyr Crown Court. But many are still outstanding and the owner is appealing for their return. Dyfed-Powys Police said they believed other people were involved in the theft and were holding the missing stamps.


The raid happened in Presteigne at the beginning of December 2009, and to date only small quantities of stamps have been recovered, said officers.”This stamp collection was a life-long hobby for the victim and compiled over more than 60 years. The collection was not only financially valuable but more importantly were of huge sentimental value to the victim. The stolen stamps include quantities of rare penny black, penny red and two penny blue stamps.

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