Friday, March 12, 2010

Stamp Thieves Jailed

Britain's Sun newspaper reports a young woman has been jailed for "secretly plundering one of Britain's biggest stamp collections — to blow it on drugs."

According to reporter Richard Moriarty, the woman along with her boyfriend stole her stepfather's collection while he was in the hospital. Up to 80 Penny Blacks, 600 Penny reds and 400 Penny blues, worth more than £46,000, were taken to pay for illegal drugs.

"A court heard the pair are both heroin addicts and most of the stamps have never been recovered," according to the article.

The woman was jailed for two years and her boyfriend jailed for nine months.

The judge told them: "You took full advantage of this gentleman's hospitality to steal a significant part of his much-prized stamp collection.

"It means much more to him than its monetary value - it is a life-long hobby to which he was devoted."

Shown above, Penny Reds and Penny Blues.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM