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Dmitry 8th May 2013 03:03 AM

That's terrible. My sympathies! I'm positive at least some of the items will be recovered, if not all. I would advise watching your local craigslist for the next few weeks, and see if one of the pieces comes up, hopefully. CL's become the easiest place for thieves to sell their loot. Especially if they are stupid, as most thieves are. Also a big flea-market nearby might produce a surprise.
Good luck.

Battara 16th May 2013 12:43 AM

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Found another sword missing:

Nathaniel 17th July 2013 04:28 AM


ThePepperSkull 12th September 2013 01:56 AM

That's really terrible to hear, Jose.

Any luck getting some of your pieces back?

Battara 12th September 2013 02:47 AM

Unfortunately not yet. Either the thief is still out there and is sitting on them, the pawn shops have not yet posted them, or they are in a warehouse.

Then there are the worse scenarios......

Jens Nordlunde 1st January 2014 08:39 PM

Happy New Year - or is it?
Any news yet?
All the best

Battara 2nd January 2014 03:09 AM

Thank you for asking Jens. No word, and now not anticipating any. :(

BerberDagger 24th January 2014 09:03 AM

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kahnjar1 10th February 2014 12:28 AM

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Please keep your eyes open for this Dharia purchased from an Italian seller and never received. Money not returned and contact ZERO. Suspect that seller has decided to keep both the money and the item!!
Please advise me if you see this for sale.

Andrew 21st February 2014 05:49 PM

Moderator Action
Please note I have merged the three stolen weapons threads previously "stuck" at the top of the forum.

I do believe it makes sense to stick threads like this so casual readers may see them even years later as one never knows when a lost or stolen item will resurface at auction or similar.

However, let's not have multiple stuck threads. Instead, please use this thread to post any such notices. It will remain stuck.

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Jens Nordlunde 26th October 2014 04:02 PM

I dont know if this will help anyone, but I resently read in a Danish net paper that they have started to use 'DNA marking'. They seem to be using this special kind of marking in Sweden and in the UK, and the ones with stickers that they had 'DNA marked' on doors and windows hardly had a break ins, compared to the ones not having the sticker, there the break ins were the same rate as usual.
You contact a security firm delivering this kind of service, and you get/buy a spray, with which you spray your valuables. A contract seems to last about five years. The first year it costs about $100 and the following years about $50.
The 'DNA spray' can only be seen in UW light, and it is unique to the spray bottle used. So if the police find stolen goods at three different addresses, they know that they belong to the same theft. The police then contacts the security firm, and is told who the owner is.
If this is used by the pilice and the customs it could stop a number of thefts.

maxbliss888 1st November 2015 03:12 AM

Take care
Take care

Battara 6th November 2015 05:02 AM

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Here is a picture of the yataghan that was stolen from me (pictures restored).

Battara 6th November 2015 05:17 AM

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Here is a restored picture of my stolen Moro kris of ivory, swassa, and silver inlay.

Helleri 7th January 2016 01:48 PM

That is really sad to hear. Looks like your using a Sony DSC-W150 for most your images (as apposed to say an on-phone-camera). So they likely didn't pull your location from your images meta data. Which would mean that the thief was not made aware of your collection or your location through sharing the images online. That narrows your field to a local thief. Given the narrow spectrum of items stolen. It's also likely that they knew what they were coming there for. And if that is so, you were cased before you were burgled. Have you had any recent contracted work done in your home (a plumbing job, electrical work, even outdoor stuff like landscaping)?

napoleon 9th February 2016 06:16 PM

stolen weapons
very sorry to hear this,can only keep eyes open :eek: best wishes napoleon

Green 10th February 2016 12:57 AM

It breaks my heart to see such an exquisite keris moro stolen from you Battara.
My deepest sympathy and hope you can recover it one day somehow!

Battara 10th February 2016 04:22 PM

Thank you so much folks.

Actually at that time there were a number of homes broken into in the area. Yes they stumbled onto my collection. Fortunately they did not get the most valuable items. Still, I am quite saddened and angry about this loss. Nothing has reappeared so far. I believe they caught the criminal now, but my stuff and others are still missing. At least now we have an alarm (for any would be thieving lurkers out there).

Again thank you folks. You are very kind.........

napoleon 27th June 2016 01:34 PM


Spaffo 23rd December 2016 04:52 PM

So sorry! Those items should be hard to fence without attracting the attention of forum members here.
As a police officer I will pass along the pictures and descriptions to our art theft investigators here in Los Angeles. You never where unique items can turn up.

Spaffo 23rd December 2016 04:56 PM

Oops! I didn't realize this was an old, old post. If the items are still unrecovered, I will pass the information along anyway.

COYOTE 14th January 2017 10:43 PM

Hello Jose,

What a nightmare !!

I feel so sorry for you and, as a collector, I can imagine how desperate you are.

Please let me add words from others as we all feel the same : I too will keep a vigilant eye for your items on Ebay and other antique weapon websites.

Best Wishes,

Patrick :mad:

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