Filmmaker reunited with camera equipment found among ‘Aladdin’s cave of stolen goods’
Lock-up in Belsize Park contains thousands of pounds in valuables
17 January, 2018 — By William McLennan
The shed’s contents have been linked to a spate of crimes
POLICE have returned thousands of pounds of equipment to a professional cameraman after discovering an “Aladdin’s cave of stolen goods” in a shed.
Officers from the Belsize Park neighbourhood team raided the lock-up in Fellows Road after receiving a tip off from residents.
They found a haul of property, linked to two burglaries and the theft of a vehicle, after using an angle grinder to cut off the locks to the sheds behind Cleaver House.
Inspector Richard Berns said: “Finding this mini Aladdin’s cave of stolen goods highlights the importance of joint working and listening to our communities.”
He added: “Many of the items have now been reunited with their owners and enquiries continue to trace the criminals responsible for stealing and storing them.”
Much of the recovered property has been returned
PC Michael Lohan said: “This is a perfect example of how working with the community can gain great rewards. The community is our eyes and ears and without them our work would be extremely difficult. Through an enormous amount of effort we have managed to find the rightful owner of the photographic equipment and this has now been returned to him.”
He advised readers of the New Journal to register all valuables on www.immobilise.com, to give police a “fighting chance to get them returned back to you” in the event they are stolen.
The thieves are still at large, but police said their investigation continues and the stolen goods are being forensically examined.