Police breakthrough in sports memorabilia theft case after arrest of Fenland man on suspicion of handling stolen goods

POLICE have made a breakthrough in a 10 month old theft case by arresting a man from the March area on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

CCTV images of the men wanted in connection with the theft itself have been widely circulated following the loss of �16,000 worth of sports and music memorabilia.

The signed goods were ordered from a Romford-based company last February by a man who said he wanted them for a charity auction.

He asked for them to be sent to the Marriott Hotel, at Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon.

On March 4, the items arrived at the hotel. They were picked up from reception by two men who claimed they were going to show them to a select number of guests in the bar prior to the auction. However, the men did not return and the items were not paid for.

The hotel did have an auction taking place that weekend but police believe the men used this as a cover.

DC Vanessa Dodds described as “a high value theft that appears to have been well planned. It may well be those responsible are not from this county and may well have committed similar offences elsewhere in the country.”

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Included in the list of stolen property was:

- A signed Ricky Hatton boxing glove. It has a hologram on the back of the frame with the property mark in it.

- Boxing legends picture signed by John Conteh, Charlie Magri, Dave Boy Green and two others. Again, has a hologram on the back of the frame containing the property mark.

- England football shirt from 1966 signed by nine of the players - �600

- Michael Jackson Thriller, original vinyl LP, signed by Michael Jackson - �1300

- Lewis Hamilton official glove - �395

- Floyd Mayweather boxing glove - �395

- Rat Pack, Strangers in the Night LP - �1750

- Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley LP - �1650

- The Beatles Revolver LP - �7000

- David Bowie Low LP - �485

- Rolling Stones, It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll LP - �950

- The Who, Who’s Next LP - �850

- Take That, song sheet, Up All Night - �295

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