A Walnut Creek stamp dealer is alerting local philatelists to be on the lookout for some pricey sheaves of stamps taken from his N. Main Street store on November 5.
Dealer Merle Spencer reported the theft to Walnut Creek police, who determined it occurred at the store sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. p.m.
Spencer said thieves made off with three of his most expensive plastic binders of his material. Each of the three binders was about one inch thick and included 20-23 Hagner, or collectors, pages.
Spencer reported that the most valuable volume, approximately $150,000, consisted of United States stamps while the second volume contained material from Great Britain beginning with the 1840 Penny Black. A third volume was his second volume of British Commonwealth material covering Hong Kong to Z.
Alerts and descriptions of the stolen stamps have been sent to local dealers and distributed through a national network of collectors and the American Philatelic Society.
The APS asks that anyone encountering this material contact their own local police department or the Walnut Creek Police Department at 925-943-5844.