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

Harry Potter and the Philosophers / Sorcerers Stone
Posted by: Rosi
November 18, 2010, 01:42 PM

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!

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27 Comments

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FIrst comment!! Well.. Deathly Hallows is finally here!!!!!!! :D :D :D

Posted by sourav || ROAR || on November 18, 2010, 01:52 PM report to moderator
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That’s good news :D

Posted by Darth Mary on November 18, 2010, 02:03 PM report to moderator
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127 Points

Glad it has been found but why leave it in a plastic bag that is just disrespectful
DEATHLY HALLOWS TOMORROW!! =D
xx

Posted by KimmiePotter on November 18, 2010, 02:32 PM report to moderator
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133 Points

OMG FINALLY DH IS HERE :D damn it for the book

Posted by KeaHellstorm on November 18, 2010, 02:41 PM report to moderator
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wow thats good they found it :D

ahhh midnight screening today yay yay yay :D

Posted by ϟ☮Sindi a.k.a Remy [ROAR!!]☮ϟ on November 18, 2010, 03:03 PM report to moderator
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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!

Posted by hewy on November 18, 2010, 03:23 PM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on November 18, 2010, 03:35 PM report to moderator
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The book is a Horcrux and must be destroyed……

Posted by crikeyhunter on November 18, 2010, 04:11 PM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by lilbug121 on November 18, 2010, 04:23 PM report to moderator
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Thank goodness they found the book!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on November 18, 2010, 04:24 PM report to moderator
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Good that they’ve found the book and DH1 is here hurrayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Posted by Azaad Potter The Chosen One [ROAR] on November 18, 2010, 06:30 PM report to moderator
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DH on the 20th for me!
Bad Lady! I’m going there to put you in Azkaban!

Posted by jammjcpotter on November 18, 2010, 07:01 PM report to moderator
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that ladys going to Azkaban

Posted by chuzzle on November 18, 2010, 08:05 PM report to moderator
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Well that just shows how desperate people are to get their hands on Harry Potter. We’re all freaks!

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Well that just shows how desperate people are to get their hands on Harry Potter. We’re all freaks!

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