6 Aug, 2021 @ 17:16
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Thieves in Benidorm steal and ruin a €5,000 stamp collection on Spain’s Costa Blanca

Thieves In Bendorm Ruin Mint Condition General Franco Stamps On Spain's Costa Blanca

BENIDORM police have recovered a stolen set of stamps initially valued at €5,000, but which are now virtually worthless because they needed careful preservation.

Three people have been arrested over the robbery by the Policia Nacional.

They took the sheets of mint-condition Spanish stamps dating back to the 1950s from a house they were staying at.

The ‘definitive’ stamps featuring dictator General Franco were the standard design for most of his ruling era in Spain.

What made them special was that they were in their unbroken original sheets as delivered to a post office and as good as new since they were carefully preserved.

One of the trio sold off the sheets totalling 200 stamps to a third party to get some quick cash to pay off a debt.

The black market buyer was tracked down by the police, but the stamps had deteriorated badly as they were not properly stored.

The aggrieved stamp collector also discovered that one of his guests stole a bank card and used it to withdraw €500 from a Benidorm bank.

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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