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Jail for thief who stole Forty Hall’s antique maps

NORTHLONDON TODAY | NEWS | Jail for thief who stole Forty Hall’s antique maps | 2011.

A THIEF who stole six ancient maps from a museum in Enfield in a
“calculated and brazen” theft has been jailed for 15 months.
Gary Doyle, 54, of Lascotts Road, Wood Green, was arrested by officers from the Met Police’s art and antiques unit in Palmers Green on November 25 last year. Detectives were investigating the theft of a replica Tudor helmet which had been stolen from the National Army Museum’s Making Of Britain gallery in October. Just two days later officers were notified of a second break-in at the Forty Hall Museum in Enfield where six maps of Middlesex were stolen.
Eager to make a quick profit, Doyle travelled into central London and tried to sell the antique maps. But the dealer he approached became
suspicious and failed to believe Doyle’s story that they belonged to a relative. Doyle left without being able to sell them on.
After viewing CCTV from both of the museums and the map dealers, police officers linked the two thefts.
Detective Constable Michelle Roycroft, of the art and antiques unit, said: “Doyle’s arrest and subsequent charge demonstrates how by working closely with our partners in the
museums and trade organisatis, we will combat thieves and thwart their attempts to profit from stealing Britain’s heritage.” The maps have not been recovered.
Councillor Bambos Charalambous, cabinet member for leisure and culture at Enfield Council, said: “Stealing from museums and galleries robs many people and future generations of the chance to see and learn about their local heritage.
“We will continue to be vigilant with our valuable collections and historic buildings and while we are disappointed that we haven’t got the maps back, we are very pleased with the work that the police have undertaken in bringing this individual to justice.
“If anybody knows anything about the maps please could they contact the museum service at the council.”

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