Police hunt thieves after rare cameras worth £30,000 is stolen

Police hunt thieves after collection of rare antique cameras worth £30,000 including rare black and white photo of Irish author James Joyce is stolen from London lock up

  • A collection of camers worth £30,000 were stolen from a north London lock-up
  • Police were called to a storage facility in Waltham Forest by staff on April 20
  • More than 20 items had been stolen among them were two rare cameras
  • The thieves are believed to have gained entry by smashing through a lock

A collection of rare and unusual antiques worth £30,000 – including a framed black-and-white photo of author James Joyce – has been stolen from a north London lock-up.

Police were called to a storage facility in Waltham Forest on the morning of April 20 by a member of staff, who said that one of the storage units had been broken into. 

The victim was contacted, and later identified that more than 20 items had been stolen – with a total value of as much as £30,000.

A framed black-and-white photo of author James Joyce was stolen during a burglary in Waltham Forest, London

Here are some of the high value items totalling £30,000 which were stolen during a burglary in north London

The thieves stole from a storage facility in Waltham Forest in London where they busted open up a lock to steal £30,000 worth of goods

– Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1882

– An irish novelist, poet and short story writer

– Known for publishing Portait of the Artist in 1916 and Ulysses in 1922

– Died in Switzerland in 1941 aged 58 after suffering from a stomach ulcer 

Among them were two cameras disguised as binoculars, a camera disguised as a pocket watch and another disguised as a book.

A number of other cameras, photography equipment and portraits were taken – alongside a large, framed, black-and-white photo of Irish author James Joyce.

The thieves are believed to have gained entry by smashing through the unit’s lock and shutters.

Joyce was an irish novelist, poet and short story writer known for publishing Portrait of the Artist in 1916 and Ulysses after catching the attention of poet Ezra Pound.

The Irish writer died in Switzerland aged 58 in 1941 after falling into a coma following difficulty with a stomach ulcer.

Detective Sergeant Keith Faris, who is investigating the break-in, said: ‘This appears to be a targeted and well-planned burglary in which the suspects have left with a large amount of items.

A camera disguised as binoculars were among the 20 items stolen at the London lock-in 

‘The owner is understandably devastated at the loss of these antiques which he thought were safely locked away.

‘We want to reunite him with his property and we would urge anyone who might have been offered these stolen items for sale to come forward as a priority.’

A Scotland Yard spokesperson added: ‘Detectives are appealing for information after a collection of antiques were stolen from a storage facility in Waltham Forest.

‘Police were called at around 08:45hrs on Monday, 20 April by a member of staff at the building who advised one unit had been broken into.

A camera disguised as a pocket watch was also taken as identified by the victim who phoned the police from the storage facility

‘The victim was contacted and later identified that more than 20 items had been stolen.

‘These were comprised of a number of unusual antiques including two cameras disguised as binoculars, a camera disguised as a pocket watch and a camera disguised as a book.

‘A number of other cameras, photography equipment, portraits and a large, framed, black-and-white photo of author James Joyce were also taken.

‘In total, the items are believed to be valued at around £25,000 to £30,000.

‘It is believed the suspect/s gained entry by causing deliberate damage to the unit’s lock and shutters.’


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