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One down, two to go - police hunt for replica helicopters stolen from elderly widower's Gravesend garage

PUBLISHED: 09:48 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:50 20 February 2017

Scale replicas of three model helicopters, a Red Bull (pictured) BO105, a Tomahawk and a JR500, were stolen from a Gravesend widower's garage last week.

Scale replicas of three model helicopters, a Red Bull (pictured) BO105, a Tomahawk and a JR500, were stolen from a Gravesend widower's garage last week.

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All three were stolen at some point last week

Scale replicas of three model helicopters, a Red Bull BO105, a Tomahawk (pictured) and a JR500, were stolen from a Gravesend widower's garage last week.Scale replicas of three model helicopters, a Red Bull BO105, a Tomahawk (pictured) and a JR500, were stolen from a Gravesend widower's garage last week.

A widower has had three model helicopters worth thousands of pounds stolen, just weeks after the death of his wife.

The scale model replicas, are reportedly worth thousands of pounds, and were stolen from the garage of a property in Cedar Avenue, at some point between February 13 and February 17.

Thieves also damaged the garage door during the break-in.

On Saturday, a keen-eyed officer spotted one of the model helicopters, a JR500, dumped in a bush down an alleyway close to the property.

Now Kent Police is looking for the remaining models - a Red Bull BO105 and a Tomahawk.

Sgt Alan Willett from Kent Police said: “The owner of these helicopters is a 74-year-old man whose wife sadly passed away earlier this month.

“The victim, who has been building and flying such models since the 1970s, made these replicas from scratch, so we would very much like to reunite him with all of the stolen items.

“I’m pleased an officer has been able to recover one of these helicopters, but two of the replicas are still outstanding so I would encourage everyone to keep an eye out and especially check their gardens and alleyways in case the suspect has discarded the other two which were stolen.”

Anyone with information can call Kent Police appeals line on 01474 366149 quoting reference XY/7374/17. Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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