Stolen:-Roundhouse Millie. Roundhouse chassis kits.

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Some of you may be aware of a walk in theft at the Showroom of Roundhouse Engineering last week. Items stolen were:-
Prototype Millie, fully lined out and named “Loxley”, it is also has many non standard fittings. There is no serial number on the locomotive.
Lady Anne chassis kit.
Two Fowler chassis kits.
I’ve had permission from the staff at Roundhouse Engineering to post this on our forum.
Be on the lookout please.
 
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I knew about the Millie, didn't realise they'd taken other parts as well... :(
 
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I am almost lost for words on this, has to be someone that knows how to move these things on. So very sad that there are scumbags that do this sort thing in the hobby or at least close to the hobby.
 
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It's not really normal behaviour in our hobby. It may be someone on the fringe, who has been introduced to one person, or a group of people who have garden railways, and thinks that he can make a buck, with the purchasers being ignorant as to the source.

The hobby may still be small enough to eventually track the items - just gotta keep our wits about us, as things like the chassis kits would probably easily move on evilbay.
 
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As with most stolen items, they would not be stolen in the first place if there was nobody to buy them. In a lot of ways, the buyers are worse than the thieves, shame on them. How could you run a stolen loco on your layout, always looking over your shoulder, unable to have friends round or have an open day. Rant over !
 
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As with most stolen items, they would not be stolen in the first place if there was nobody to buy them. In a lot of ways, the buyers are worse than the thieves, shame on them. How could you run a stolen loco on your layout, always looking over your shoulder, unable to have friends round or have an open day. Rant over !
Yes, I agree but it is possible that purchasers may not realise the origins, especially with the kits :wasntme::wasntme:
 
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Yes, I agree but it is possible that purchasers may not realise the origins, especially with the kits :wasntme::wasntme:
That's very true. Most of us have second hand equipment, so in theory, anyone of us could have a stolen item, obviously bought in good faith from a dealer or from eBay.
 
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Thieves don't plan to steal based on who they know they can sell to. They aren't necessarily enthusiasts either.
They are just spontaneous opportunist sleazebags. If it looks expensive and if they think they can get away with it, they steal it.
 
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I had a cousin who was a kleptomaniac but he used to take something for it.

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I had a cousin who was a kleptomaniac but he used to take something for it.

David
Shouldn't really laugh, but. .......... Where's the groan emoji?
 
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Other than 'weight', when they 'dob' it in for scrap.. I doubt the will have any idea of value, monetary or sentimental? Of items like this..

They are out for a quick-buck, or the cost of their next 'fix', normally.. :(
 
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Unfortunately there's theives everywhere, even among railway enthusiasts. Check out how many things go missing at shows
 
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Thieves don't plan to steal based on who they know they can sell to. They aren't necessarily enthusiasts either.
They are just spontaneous opportunist sleazebags. If it looks expensive and if they think they can get away with it, they steal it.
I can't quite agree with that, if you take a look at the art world or high-end jewels then they are often stolen to order, the wannabe owner desires the object and gets someone to 'obtain' it for them. In this case it was probably the Millie but the thieves thought 'while we're here'. Still utter :swear: though.
 
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I can't quite agree with that, if you take a look at the art world or high-end jewels then they are often stolen to order, the wannabe owner desires the object and gets someone to 'obtain' it for them. In this case it was probably the Millie but the thieves thought 'while we're here'. Still utter :swear: though.
Yeah but this wasn't a targeted burglary for a high priced item. It was a walk in opportunist snatch as with the majority of thefts.
 
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Sorry, but may I ask how you know? I don't mean to demean your knowledge of the robbery but something doesn't quite strike right (like Big Ben).?
 
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Sorry, but may I ask how you know? I don't mean to demean your knowledge of the robbery but something doesn't quite strike right (like Big Ben).?
I just read the original post which said it was a "walk in theft". That's all.
Perhaps the Millie and kits were sitting somewhere on display and they were targeted but these kinds of thefts only happen because there is an opportunity to do so while staff are down the back.
Comparing what I called a theft of opportunity with targeted burglaries of high priced jewelry and art for an illegal clientele is about as similar as comparing Big Ben with a broken pocket watch. :)
 
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I just read the original post which said it was a "walk in theft". That's all.
Perhaps the Millie and kits were sitting somewhere on display and they were targeted but these kinds of thefts only happen because there is an opportunity to do so while staff are down the back.
Comparing what I called a theft of opportunity with targeted burglaries of high priced jewelry and art for an illegal clientele is about as similar as comparing Big Ben with a broken pocket watch. :)
A slight anomaly, I have four pocket watches (Grandfather, Father, Father In law and mine) of which two are extremely old and they work perfectly. Big Ben is down for repairs. So... ? :think:
 
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A possible back story:

I'm reminded of a famous guitarist who longingly use to stare into the music store window, dreaming of the day he could own a Fender Stratacastor. So, isn't it possible that the culprit is an adolescent from an impoverished family who happens to love models but could never afford them?
 
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A possible back story:

I'm reminded of a famous guitarist who longingly use to stare into the music store window, dreaming of the day he could own a Fender Stratacastor. So, isn't it possible that the culprit is an adolescent from an impoverished family who happens to love models but could never afford them?
Maybe, but that's no reason to steal! There's lots of things I'd like, but I don't steal them
 
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A slight anomaly, I have four pocket watches (Grandfather, Father, Father In law and mine) of which two are extremely old and they work perfectly. Big Ben is down for repairs. So... ? :think:
Your pocket watches will all drift out of time eventually but Big Ben still remains perfectly correct at least two times per day... :)
 
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