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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Robbers Steal £400,000 Stamp Collection In House Raid

An international stamp dealer had his £400,000 collection stolen after armed robbers conned their way into his home and tied up him and his two sons. The 800-stamp collection included a number of Penny Blacks. The two robbers, who were dressed as police officers, forced their way into Steve Bennett’s home by confronting him as he came to the door and shouting: “This is a police raid – get to the floor.” When the 60-year-old and his adult sons did so they were tied up and pillow cases were put over their heads. A gun was fired in an apparent attempt to frighten the victims into submission. Police said the raid was “well-planned” and must have been based on prior information. The robbers then searched Mr Bennett’s home to find the collection, which contained stamps ranging in value from £50 to £5,000. One of the collector’s sons made a brave attempt to get help, scrambling out of a first floor window in the Torquay home wearing a blindfold. He fell heavily to the ground, where he was seen by a passing postman. The postman untied him and called police to the house but by the time armed officers arrived the robbers had already escaped with their £400,000 haul.


It included several Penny Blacks, the world’s first adhesive postal stamp, which are over 160 years old. They usually sell for £150 to £200 although fine examples can sell for more. Det Insp Paul Jones, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “This appears to be a very well-planned robbery which has taken a lot of time and planning to execute. “The victims remain shocked at what happened to them. It was very frightening for them.Arthur Ryan, a stamp dealer from Richmond in south-west London said: “The robbers will be able to get rid of the Penny Blacks abroad.”

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Coveted Baseball Card Valued At $4G Stolen In Home Robbery

Thieves stole a Mickey Mantle baseball card valued at $4,000 from a Florida home Wednesday. John, who wishes to only go by his first name, showed us the door he says thieves pried open to get inside his DeLand, Fla. home, grabbing prized possessions.


“Went inside and pretty much everything of value was missing,” John said. The card was given to him by his father when he was just 13 years old. “So it’s something I hung on to and I planned on hanging on to for the rest of my life, but now it’s gone, and that’s something I’ll never get back it’s been stolen from me,” he said. The baseball card was in a safe, with a few other keepsakes- and John says it’s possible the thief doesn’t even know they have it. “I’ve always been big into collecting baseball cards and I’ve got thousands and thousands of them and this one here was a very special item that was given to me by my father,” he said.

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The Library of Alexandria Burned

Plutarch (AD 46–120) wrote that during his visit to Alexandria in 48 BC Julius Caesar accidentally burned the library down when he set fire to his own ships to frustrate Achillas’ attempt to limit his ability to communicate by sea.


After its destruction, scholars used a “daughter library” in a temple known as the Serapeum, located in another part of the city.

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Hot Wheels and Action Joe Collection turned to rubble

Kevin Johnson and Lupe Lomu were at the checkout buying groceries Monday when his cell phone rang. Their apartment complex was on fire. The Lynnwood couple raced out of the supermarket, leaving their food behind. As they neared home, they could smell the destruction. It took just one glimpse to realize the fire had taken everything.


“That’s all I have,” Johnson said Tuesday, pointing to a donated red-striped shirt lying on a cot at a makeshift American Red Cross shelter. Johnson, a toy collector, lost his mint condition collections of Hot Wheels cars and G.I. Joe action figures. “It was just a hobby but a hobby I was really passionate about,” he said “It’s a small thing to most people, but a big deal to me.”

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Model Train Displays Destroyed in Georgetown Fire

A weekend fire at the historic Georgetown Train Station damaged more than the building. The Delaware SeaSide Railroad Club said it lost up to $40,000 in trains and equipment on the second floor of the building. President John Hodges said some pieces cannot be replaced because the manufacturer is out of business. “My colleague told us that we had a real serious situation,” Hodges said. “The building was fully involved upstairs and we probably lost everything.” In total, five model train displays were destroyed in the May 7 fire, Hodges said. One display was not in the building at the time. Investigators determined the fire started on the second floor but have not pinpointed a cause. The rail club was finishing up an open house at the time.


“The club, especially, lost a lot of value and a lot of money in trains, train accessories, tracks, transformers and all the equipment it took to set these displays up,” Hodges said. The Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce occupied space on the first floor, which mostly saw smoke and water damage, Hodges said. Mayor Brian Pettyjohn said the group is temporarily working out of space at town hall. Train club members are scheduled to return to the building on Friday in hopes of salvaging some pieces. In the meantime, volunteers hope to raise the necessary funds to buy new trains.
Hodges said the club’s goal is to replace the trains and have displays ready in time for Christmas.

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