The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 7, 1968 · Page 35
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 35

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, November 7, 1968
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V Palm Beach Post, Thursday, Nov. 7, 196K Cll Antiques Found Easily Stolen WAREHOUSE SALE AT 208 SUNSET AVE. PALM BEACH Contents from several Palm Beach model apartments, and miscellaneous items from local homes. Sofa's, lounge chairs, 4 breakfronts, 6 King Size painted headboards, painted dressers, mirrors and matching nite tables, end tables, lamp tables, coffee tables, etc. Thursday Friday Saturday November 7 November 8 November 9 10 A.M. 5 P.M. poo A911 Jean I'ittinos Antiques 0 J J-0Z I I 108 N. County Rd. P.B. (new location) buyers. Those who bid know-ledgeably and were not dealers would be followed home and their houses noted as possible targets. Town houses are easily reconnoitered. Ideally, from a thief's point of view, they should be detached or stand next to offices or an empty house. It takes an experienced thief between two and five seconds to "loid" (open with a strip of celluloid) a door if it is fitted with a spring lock that is not double-locked. For preference, though, thieves work from the back of a house. Reconnaissance at country houses required more preparation. Ted or an accomplice would drive to within 10 miles of his target and complete the last lap on foot. The night would be spent in the house or shifts." In addition, a truck with a London registration Is vulnerable to an alert policeman in the depths of the country in the early hours. At a town house the operation would be conducted with greater speed; It would be entered at about 3 a.m. Porcelain, candelabra, clocks, and other antiques all find ready markets. Ted showed a curious discrimination in what he "would steal. Preferred were silver Regency and Georgian furniture, Dresden, Meissen, Japanned goods, coins and antique guns. Size did not daunt him: he would steal an entire fireplace if it was Adam. (C nm Nf w York Times New Service in the grounds in search of such weak points as ordinary locks, easily opened window catches, and lavatory windows, which are often left open. The raid could take place the same week or as much as a month later. For a country house about $0 might be spent on equipment. Ted favored a dump truck, which could have a layer of authentic rubbish concealing a set of Chippendale chairs, half a hundredweight of silver and an Ormolu clock. The raid would take place in the early hours of the morning, but the thieves usually two or three-would not leave the premises until 6 a.m. "At six o'clock," Ted explained, "the coppers change LONDON More than $2.4 million of antiques excluding paintings are stolen in Brltian each year. The figure is still rising, wilh greater public interest in collecting and thieves becoming better and better informed. In this highly vulnerable field, "the best protection against burglars is adequate insurance," according to the trade. What else can a small collector do? The experiences of a man who stole and sold antiques for 30 years provide a guide to how collectors can psptect themselves. Ted, a neatly dressed Scotsman settled in London, has reached the age of 50 and decided to retire. With his five prison sentences, 14 convictions and hundreds of cases of house-breaking, he is seasoned enough to have an intimate knowledge of the trade. His revelations make sober reading for anyone who thinks that his Queen Anne teapot is safe enough once the front door has been slammed. Ted's activities would begin usually in the public library with a close study of Who's Who and the glossy magazines, with their accounts of the way of life of the wealthier and more socially active members of the community. Who's Who would provide the names, addresses and Interests of possible victims, the magazines furnished news, photographs of houses, details of sales, and, with luck, dates of arrivals and departures. 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