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Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator06/11/2017 18:08:43
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very sadly a clubmate of mine has had his shed broken into. Believe it or not they went in through the roof!

Anyway the long and short of it is he has lost a number of models and engines. Stolen items include:


Vq Zero, Vq Me109, Ryan, Asm Cessna, World Models Super Cub and Blackhorse Renegade,


Saito 150 & 2 x 62s, CRRC 55 Twin, CRRC GP26r & Irvine 52.

If you live in the North West and are offered any of the above from a source you don't know or are bit suspicious of, could you please PM me and I'll pass the details on. Its a very slim chance but you never know.

Thanks all.


ChrisB06/11/2017 18:43:55
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Sorry to hear of a theft. One of these may assist in sensing such intrusion. They are very loud!


Percy Verance06/11/2017 19:18:20
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It may also help to notify All the local model shops within, say, 50 miles or so, along with photos/descriptions of the stolen items.

All clubs in the area might like to be made aware too, as someone may just turn up out of the blue wanting help and advice with a model they've recently *bought*........

Denis Watkins06/11/2017 19:33:58
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Yes Percy

All the clubs in the North West have the email list now

Martin Harris06/11/2017 20:06:59
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It's also been circulated by the BMFA via email to all subscribers to their feed.

Percy Verance06/11/2017 20:40:01
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I have to admit the BMFA didn't immediately come to mind, as I'm no longer a member........

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator06/11/2017 22:28:25
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Yes our club Chairman has notified all the clubs in the area already as well as the BMFA. Thanks for the suggestions though - all useful.


Rob Tothill06/11/2017 23:06:47
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That's a real shame. Your friend is probably already doing so, but it's worth keeping an eye on eBay and Gumtree in case things are put up for sale on there.
Paul Jefferies06/11/2017 23:12:38
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Keep an eye on ebay....... A Mills .75 that was stolen from me at Old Warden eventually turned up two years later. I bid for it and got it. I then asked for my money back but the seller claimed they bought it at Weston Park and then stopped answering messages. I informed the police and even supplied them with the seller's name and address but they couldn't do anything because I couldn't prove that the seller knew it was stolen goods.........  But at least I got my best Mills back!

Edited By Paul Jefferies on 06/11/2017 23:15:01

Edited By Paul Jefferies on 06/11/2017 23:16:50

Denis Watkins07/11/2017 07:32:50
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You can enter all these items into a "wants search" on ebay

And they will email you as they appear for sale

I will do this today

Adrian Smith 107/11/2017 08:28:13
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That's a good idea Denis. idea I will remember that in future.

Denis Watkins07/11/2017 08:56:12
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Forgot to say Adrian

Sign in to eBay

Enter your search as normal

Just below this line is a blue heart that says saved searches

Click this, and walla, the item is in your saved searches, they will email you as they are posted onsite

Mike Etheridge 107/11/2017 09:40:53
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I can remember how I felt when my garage was broken into. I only lost one plane but also several tools and three boxes of aero modelling kit.

Last Saturday my eldest son and his friend were due to fly home from Alicante in Spain. They drove their hire car a Ford Fiesta to a car park not far from the airport and went to a cafe for a meal. They then drove to the airport and opened the car boot only to find all their luggage had been stolen including their passports and flight tickets and all their clothing, door keys and car keys. They are due home this morning having had to arrange new passports buy new clothing and flight tickets. I gather the Alicante police suspect there is Rumanian gang with equipment capable of undermining modern car locks-----worth remembering if you are in Spain ! .

Edited By Mike Etheridge 1 on 07/11/2017 09:41:59

The Wright Stuff07/11/2017 09:49:51
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Sorry to hear about the theft. That's awful.

These news articles from this summer appear to condone stealing your own stuff back...


I'd be interested to know the law about this type of approach...

Cuban807/11/2017 10:08:52
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Quite some years ago now, one of my friends had a very expensive and readily saleable modelling item stolen from the boot of his car just after arriving home and whilst the vehicle was unlocked on his drive and he'd momentarily gone inside his house to get something. The thieves clearly knew of his movements and planned to steal the item beforehand - obviously followed him, cheeky so-and so's. Not a nice thought. Long time ago and I don't remember whether the item was recovered or not.

Denis Watkins13/06/2018 08:12:54
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3 Saito 150s have come onto ebay

Peter Miller13/06/2018 08:18:46
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A local tree surgeon had his van broken into and an expensive piece of equipment was stolen. He had done a special modification tyo it.

It appeared on EBay in a town about 12 miles away. Due to the modification he was able to identify it and the police got it back

Geoff Peacock13/06/2018 13:55:46
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Shed owners beware!

A good friend of mine, who works as a crime scene investigation officer, reliably informs me that taking the roof off a shed is by far the most common form of gaining entry. It only needs 2 men, 1 sledgehammer and a couple of well place (upward) blows and they're in.

Don Fry13/06/2018 14:19:01
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Posted by The Wright Stuff on 07/11/2017 09:49:51:

Sorry to hear about the theft. That's awful.

These news articles from this summer appear to condone stealing your own stuff back...


I'd be interested to know the law about this type of approach...

It's your properly, yours to do as you wish with. You also have a right to arrest the vendor as a citizen. An arestable offence, theft, has taken place, and you have reasonable belief he did it. Reasonable force can be used to effect the arrest.

But think about it before you try. You have backup?, the bottle to do it? Don't mind if you get injured? And what will always wind old Bill up is wading in, bottling out, and asking them to try to sort out you mess up. But in that case I have little doubt that Avon and Somerset's enquiries into a stolen bike were minimal.

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