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Bay Area stamp dealer reports theft of U.S., British material

Nov 11, 2020, 12 PM
In an alert distributed Nov. 10, the American Philatelic Society said the theft occurred at dealer Merle Spencer’s store Nov. 5 between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

By Linn’s Staff

Stamp dealer Merle E. Spencer reported a theft from his store in Walnut Creek, Calif., according to the American Philatelic Society.

In an alert distributed Nov. 10, the APS said the theft occurred at Spencer’s store Nov. 5 between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

“The items stolen were the three most expensive plastic binders of his material,” according to the APS. “Each of the three binders was about one inch thick and included 20-23 Hagner pages.”

The report noted that the most valuable volume contained approximately $150,000 of United States material. A second volume held Great Britain material beginning with the 1840 Penny Black. The third volume held British Commonwealth material covering Hong Kong to Z.

Spencer reportedly has color photocopies of most of the U.S. items stolen.

Officer Villa of the Walnut Creek Police Department took the report of the theft, filed as report No. 2027-743.

The APS asks that anyone encountering this material contact their own local police department, the Walnut Creek Police Department at 925-943-5844, Merle E. Spencer at 925-944-9111, and the APS Stamp Theft Committee at stamptheft@stamps.org.

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