EBAY MEDAL THIEF JAILED
By Richard Smith 11/11/2008
A volunteer at an army museum has been jailed for a year for stealing £33,000 worth of medals and selling them on eBay.
Michael Bray, 4 9, replaced the war heroes’ decorations in their display cabinets with fakes.
They had been donated to the Royal Signals Regiment Museum in Blandford, Dorset.
The court heard Bray had worked at the museum for five months last year and saw the medals as a way of paying off debts.
Bray, from Bournemouth, was found out when a potential buyer was offered a set of the medals that had been sold on eBay. The police traced the sale to the museum worker.
Joanna Morrissey, prosecuting, said: “Many of these medals were donated to the museum by families after the deaths of their relations and they are very precious.”
Bray, who pleaded guilty to two counts of theft, was jailed for 12 months at Dorchester crown court for his “shameful” crime.
Thieves stole a Military Medal over Remembrance Sunday weekend.
It was awarded to Sgt William Houghton, who crossed enemy lines to save a wounded comrade in July 1918. He had passed it to his son Alan, who died in 2004. His wife Anna, 60, of Alrewas, Staffs said: “It was my late husband’s treasured possession.”