Stolen First Edition of Philosopher’s Stone Found in a Plastic Carrier Bag

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Nov 18, 2010

Posted by John Admin

The BBC today reports the recovery in Abingdon of a limited first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which was stolen from an Oxfordshire art gallery. The copy is valued at almost £6,000 and was stolen from Woodstock’s Creative Art Gallery on the 30th of October. A 36-year-old local woman has been arrested on suspicion of theft.

Rare books dealer Adrian Greenwood from Oxford, who owns the book,
said, “I’m very happy to discover the book has been found and I want to
wholeheartedly thank Thames Valley Police for all the work it has done,
and is still doing, in connection with this investigation.” According to the BBC article, the book was found on Monday in a plastic carrier bag outside Boots, in Bury Street:

Officers say they would still like to speak to a man seen on CCTV in the gallery. [...] Police said the book – one of between 300 and 500 copies published – was taken from under a display box while the assistant was occupied by a group of people.

Thanks to Chris for the heads up!





27 Responses to Stolen First Edition of Philosopher’s Stone Found in a Plastic Carrier Bag

Avatar Imageparryotter687 says: FIrst comment!! Well.. Deathly Hallows is finally here!!!!!!! :D :D :DAvatar ImageMaryMalfoy says: That's good news :D Avatar Imagekimmybabii says: Glad it has been found but why leave it in a plastic bag that is just disrespectful DEATHLY HALLOWS TOMORROW!! =D xxAvatar ImageKeaHellstorm says: OMG FINALLY DH IS HERE :D damn it for the bookAvatar ImageSindi says: wow thats good they found it :D ahhh midnight screening today yay yay yay :D Avatar Imagehewy says: Glad the book was found and not damaged or destroyed. Would this be considered grand theft since the value was so high? Hope the person or persons responsible are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: We don't have the concept of 'grand theft' in the UK, but the value of stolen goods would be taken into account in sentencing if someone's found guilty.Avatar Imagecrikeyhunter says: The book is a Horcrux and must be destroyed......Avatar Imagelilbug121 says: yay they found the book! I live in the US, and here it's called ths sorcerer's stone, and i hate that! I want to get UK copies of the books if i can, all seven, but especially the first because of the big change.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Thank goodness they found the book!Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: Good that they've found the book and DH1 is here hurrayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyAvatar Image29puppy104 says: DH on the 20th for me! Bad Lady! I'm going there to put you in Azkaban!Avatar Imagechuzzle says: that ladys going to AzkabanAvatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: Well that just shows how desperate people are to get their hands on Harry Potter. We're all freaks!Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: Well that just shows how desperate people are to get their hands on Harry Potter. We're all freaks!Avatar Imageacciohorcrux.hbp says: DH1.....hmmmmm....huh....just SPEECHLESS!!!! But must tell that the lady too is a HP freak like us...but yeah she must be send to the WIZENGAMOT for the decision...Kigsley would end up in a decision of imprisonment for life with all HP books for life!!!! :D :D :D Avatar Imagemew5645 says: wow thatsgoods news Avatar Imagemew5645 says: wow thatsgoods news Avatar Imagemew5645 says: wow thatsgoods news Avatar ImageFifi says: Ok, why is a first edition PH book so special? Its just the order in which it was printed, nothing to make such a big fuss about...Avatar ImageCrucioImperioAvadaKedavra says: I am glad that they found the book :], and DH1 was AMAZING :D saw the midnight showing :D AMAZING :D!!! Avatar Imagepigwey says: send out dementors on her a**!Avatar Imagelunawannabe says: Dumbledore would say forgive. Avatar Imagelunawannabe says: Dumbledore would say forgive. Avatar Imagespelljinxcursehexcharm says: They could just put her in to Azkaban. Avatar Imagespelljinxcursehexcharm says: They could just put her in to Azkaban. Avatar Imagemarauder22 says: Glad to hear they got it back! :)

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