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Thieves steal war memorabilia from York

Thieves steal war memorabilia from York

11:39am 5th October 2010
(Updated 11:40am 5th October 2010)

A York family's heartache after personal memorabilia, including World War One medals, were stolen from their home.

The distraction burglary happened last Thursday (30th September 2010) from a house on Malton Road.

A man, claiming to be a former paperboy at the house, spoke to the owner.

Whilst he distracted him in a separate room the property's solid oak front door was badly damaged and theives stole four medals, a silver teapot, two gold watches.

One of the watches is engraved with the name "John Butler".

The man who visited the house said his name was James.

He is described as being white, around 5ft 11in tall with a medium build and brown hair.

Detective Constable Mike Avison, of York CID, said:

"This is a shameful crime which has naturally left the victim feeling extremely upset and shaken.

"I urge anyone who knows anything about this despicable offence to contact me as soon as possible so that we can reunite the rightful owner with his treasured possessions and bring the offenders to justice."

Anyone who has any information about who committed the burglary or knows the current whereabouts of any of the stolen property is asked to contact DC Mike Avison, of York CID, on 0845 6060 247 quoting reference number 12100168677.

Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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