Man left devastated after rare coins stolen

Man left devastated after rare coins stolen

Man left devastated after rare coins stolen

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A MAN was left devastated after his prize collection of old British bank notes and coins were stolen by callous thieves.

Police are now appealing for members of the public to come forward if they have seen any of the distinctive currency.
 

Crooks stole the collection from the home of the 57-year-old disabled man in Pitsea in May this year.
 

They helped themselves to the haul which included, two siler dollars dated between 1887 and 1889 and 1921, a large collection of British coins which are now out of circulation ranging from half pennies to crowns, each of which were in clear plastic envelopes.
 

The collection also included a selection of British bank notes, which are out of circulation, each were individually in clear plastic wallets but were all held together in a blue A4 folder.
 

Thieves also helped themselves to two “white five pound notes”, which are much larger than today’s bank notes and are often used on television in historical dramas.
 

Police are probing the theft but want to hear from anyone who is offered the notes for sale or spots them.
Investigating officer PC Susan Payne of the Basildon Neighbourhood Crime Team said: “This collection had been carefully amassed over a 30- year period.
 

“It was a prized possession full of sentimental value that far outweighs the monetary cost.
 

“The victim is physically disabled and has been preyed upon because of their disability.
 

“They have been left devastated at the collection’s loss and also in the manner at which it has been taken.”
 

Anyone with information about the theft , which happened on May 31, or the whereabouts of the currency can contact PC Payne at Basildon on 101.
 

A 44-year-old man Basildon has been arrested in connection with fraud and theft offences. He remains on bail until August while police continue to investigate.

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5:23pm Tue 18 Jun 13

Basildon_KiD says...

To be fair though, what is a 57 year old disabled man going to do with all these coins? Sit and watch them all day? Saddo.
To be fair though, what is a 57 year old disabled man going to do with all these coins? Sit and watch them all day? Saddo. Basildon_KiD
  • Score: -9

5:27pm Tue 18 Jun 13

AnotherSister says...

Basildon_KiD wrote:
To be fair though, what is a 57 year old disabled man going to do with all these coins? Sit and watch them all day? Saddo.
Had it occurred to you that they may have deep sentimental value to him? Whatever his reasons for his coin collection, nothing excuses them being stolen.
[quote][p][bold]Basildon_KiD[/bold] wrote: To be fair though, what is a 57 year old disabled man going to do with all these coins? Sit and watch them all day? Saddo.[/p][/quote]Had it occurred to you that they may have deep sentimental value to him? Whatever his reasons for his coin collection, nothing excuses them being stolen. AnotherSister
  • Score: 6

6:39pm Tue 18 Jun 13

whateverhappened says...

I wonder how they bypassed his alarm system, EVERY HOUSE SHOULD HAVE ONE , just like every car now has an alarm and immobiliser. It is not rocket science or expensive.
I wonder how they bypassed his alarm system, EVERY HOUSE SHOULD HAVE ONE , just like every car now has an alarm and immobiliser. It is not rocket science or expensive. whateverhappened
  • Score: -3

7:37pm Tue 18 Jun 13

shoebury52 says...

Basildon_KiD wrote:
To be fair though, what is a 57 year old disabled man going to do with all these coins? Sit and watch them all day? Saddo.
It's called a collection, which will be worth a lot of money which he may leave to his grandchildren. Who will be grateful for it unlike some basildon kid
[quote][p][bold]Basildon_KiD[/bold] wrote: To be fair though, what is a 57 year old disabled man going to do with all these coins? Sit and watch them all day? Saddo.[/p][/quote]It's called a collection, which will be worth a lot of money which he may leave to his grandchildren. Who will be grateful for it unlike some basildon kid shoebury52
  • Score: 0

8:15pm Tue 18 Jun 13

Jubilation says...

Should have had them locked in a safe, could have got a secure one, for the current value of an old large white fiver.
Should have had them locked in a safe, could have got a secure one, for the current value of an old large white fiver. Jubilation
  • Score: -2

10:00pm Tue 18 Jun 13

benfleet101 says...

Basildon_KiD wrote:
To be fair though, what is a 57 year old disabled man going to do with all these coins? Sit and watch them all day? Saddo.
And just what would he have done different if he was able bodied?
[quote][p][bold]Basildon_KiD[/bold] wrote: To be fair though, what is a 57 year old disabled man going to do with all these coins? Sit and watch them all day? Saddo.[/p][/quote]And just what would he have done different if he was able bodied? benfleet101
  • Score: 0

11:21pm Tue 18 Jun 13

emcee says...

What annoys me with this story is that it seems to play for more sympathy because the victim of the theft is physically disabled. This, to me, is downright patronising. It also implies that had an able bodied person fallen victim to the crime that it would be less devastating.
The trend of reporting crime as being much worse because the victim is disabled seems to be growing.
I do not care if the victim was disabled or not. The fact that this crime took place at all is all the facts that we need.
What annoys me with this story is that it seems to play for more sympathy because the victim of the theft is physically disabled. This, to me, is downright patronising. It also implies that had an able bodied person fallen victim to the crime that it would be less devastating. The trend of reporting crime as being much worse because the victim is disabled seems to be growing. I do not care if the victim was disabled or not. The fact that this crime took place at all is all the facts that we need. emcee
  • Score: 3

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