Collection of rare miniature bottles stolen
A DISABLED man said he is 'gutted' and 'angry' after discovering his lifetime collection of miniature spirit bottles had been stolen.
Simon Ford's collection of around 450 bottles, was taken from a 'secure unit' he had been provided with at his flat in Woodlands Court.
The 47-year-old, who suffered a heart attack in August, said he had only moved the miniatures to the store as a temporary measure while he set up a new display cabinet.
Among the items stolen was a small selection of rare miniatures, which Mr Ford said "could never be replaced."
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Mr Ford said: "I went downstairs to see the warden and looked at my unit. I saw see the panel had been kicked in and bottles were missing. I am angry and gutted. I will never be able to replace some of those.
"I started collecting, as it was something that took my fancy. My mum, who passed away 10 years ago, bought several for me. I started off collecting whiskeys then proceeded with gins. I had a very rare Plymouth Sloe Gin, which was one of the rarest items, as were the complete collection of Johnnie Walkers – red, green, blue, gold and the white one which is the absolute rarest one. That one alone is worth around £225."
PC Dan Pen-Collings, who is investigating the theft, said some of the bottles were so old that the contents could now be poisonous if consumed.
He added: "We have recovered some of the bottles, but there are still well over 400 missing. We are appealing to the public who may have been sold the miniatures, unaware they were stolen, or to anyone who knows where the collection now is. There is a lot of sentimental value to the collection, as many of them were given to Mr Ford by his mum, who has sadly passed away."
Anyone with information on the collection should call 101 quoting crime reference EL/12/250.
A 37-year-old man was last night arrested in connection with the incident and was questioned at Charles Cross police station.