Nicked

January 21 2014

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Picture: Evening Standard

The above picture by Samuel Palmer, called The Comet, has been stolen from a pensioner in London. Says Sky News:

Police are investigating a fraud scam which saw a £100,000 painting stolen from an 89-year-old woman's home in London. Detectives say the woman was contacted by telephone by a person claiming her bank cards had been used in a crime.

The woman was told she needed to call her bank immediately. She tried to call the bank, but the caller had not hung up and stayed on the line. The victim then believed she was speaking to her bank - but she was still speaking to the original caller.

The woman was told that someone would come to her house to collect her cards. The victim was also asked whether she had any items of value in the house. She mentioned a £100,000 painting by Samuel Palmer, called The Comet of 1858.

Police say a man, believed to be aged in his 30s, around 5ft 10ins with dark hair and an English accent, later came to the home and stole the painting, bank cards and jewellery.

The picture is probably worth more than £100k.

Update - a reader writes:

With regards to your 'Nicked' article:

'a man, believed to be aged in his 30s, around 5ft 10ins with dark hair and an English accent', sound familiar?

I'm 6ft 4!

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