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|70 YEAR OLD FAN HAS LIFETIME COLLECTION STOLEN
December 14, 2017 - Braintree & Witham Times / Elvis Express Radio
|A huge collection of rare Elvis Presley records worth as much as £50,000 may have been stolen to order, Essex Police say.
Among the records are two standout vinyl editions of The King’s most famous songs – a south African test press of his iconic Now or Never and a black RCA first edition record of All
Shook Up and Heartbreak Hotel.
The victim, aged in his 70s, took years to build the special collection.
He said: “I’m totally devastated by this.
“I’ve built this collection up over many years and it means an awful lot to me.
“It is not just the monetary value of these records, they have huge sentimental value and I just want them back.
“If you have any information about this, please come forward and tell the police.”
The theft of the collection, that took the victim most of his life to accumulate, happened between Tuesday, November 21 and Sunday, December 3 at an address in Godfrey Way.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Red Leeson said: “The victim, who is in his 70s, has been a massive Elvis fan all his life and has been collecting records for many years.
“We believe more than 100 records have been stolen in total, many of which are extremely rare and valuable, including a collection of LPs and 78s.
“The victim has been left completely distraught as these are his prized possessions and it is a collection he has been building up over several decades.
“I believe he was targeted because of his collection.
“The person or people responsible would have needed a vehicle to transport all the records because of the amount of them taken and I believe someone must have seen or heard
“If you saw anything in this area which looked suspicious or if you have any information about the burglary I need to you to come forward and contact me.
“I especially want to speak to any dealers or collectors who may have been approached and offered a large collection of Elvis records.”
She added: "We believe they must have known about the collection because nothing other than the Elvis records were taken.
"There are a lot of records which have been taken, many of them are rare and valuable.
"I am really interested in hearing from any collectors who might be approached with a large number of Elvis records because they may well be the stolen ones
"And any collectors who might be offered some or second hand shops.
"I imagine with something like this they are valuable and they going to approach collectors and dealers because that’s where the best price could be.”
She added that police have not ruled out the raid could have been ordered.
She added: “Its another line of enquiry.
“Anyone who might have information to suggest they may have been we would be interested in hearing from them.”
If you have any information please contact Dc Leeson at Braintree CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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