Just stepped off the plane today from a week in Darwin, and up to my eyes in paperwork bushfires, and a stack of orders, and tradespeople here at the house sadly, so told Channel 9 I really did not have time today (they were driving over here, right they were on phone!) and suggested to APTA they contact Danny Jurd at Velvet Auctions for comment.
The body shape and stance of these crims in this CCTV footage, even when hooded might give someone a clue -
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-06/cctv-footage-of-a-seri ... ng/6447974
More than $300,000 worth of stamps have been stolen in a series of "unique" break-ins at Sydney post offices, with NSW Police releasing CCTV images of the suspects.
Police said the stamps, along with cash, mobile phones, SIM cards and other stock had been stolen in more than 20 break-ins since March 2013.
CCTV footage has been released of two men as part of an appeal for information.
Post offices at Alexandria, Artarmon, St Peters, Crows Nest and Kingsgrove have been targeted.
Strike Force Ingram was set up to investigate, and anyone with information is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers.
Police said while the two people filmed on CCTV have their faces concealed, it is hoped someone will recognise them.
Redfern Region Enforcement Squad investigator, Acting Sergeant Kath Griffin, said investigators believed the incidents were linked.
"In addition to similarities throughout the break-ins, the targeted theft of postage stamps is unique," she said.
"The men depicted in the footage appear to be the same two men and, while they have their faces concealed, we are hoping someone may recognise one or both by their eyes, stature, walk or the way they move".
Acting Sergeant Griffin said it was unclear exactly what the thieves were doing with that amount of postage stamps.
"That's the $300,000 question. We have no idea at the moment of what the two males that committing crime are doing with the stamps, so that's why we're appealing to the public to contact us if they know anything."
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-06/theft-of-unique-postag ... tv/6447774
Durrhh .. selling them of course! A few ebay accounts have REGULAR offers of bulk lots of current stamps, Express Post Satchels and boxes and Registered envelopes etc, offered at well UNDER the price even Licensed Post Offices can buy them for.
Allowing for the 10% ebay/paypal fees deducted cheerfully by EBay/paypal, it is obvious they are stolen.
A large Express Satchel sells at POs for $24.15, and overseas pre-paids cost a fortune.
A thin "B4" Documents Registered prepaid envelope costs $22.90, and the range of pre-paid overseas Registered satchels and boxes can cost up to $499.50 EACH for the large size Registered box, and $474.55 EACH for the large prepaid Express box.
A simple trawl via ebay "SOLD" listings will yield the Cops a goldmine of sellers offering these regularly, in quantity, and at well under the actual cost from POs. Pretty clearly STOLEN goods one can surmise.
Often "sold" via Ebay Singapore, from Australian sellers setting up "private sales" for Australian buyers, to avoid ebay Australia fees.
Ebay here will of course not offer any assistance, unless they are served with a warrant, as they make 10% from the sales, even of stolen material, and profit is their only interest these days it seems pretty clear.
The same way ebay allows a permanent raft of sellers offering totally forged and fake stamps on ebay, via dozens of duplicate accounts linked to the same fakers, and do absolutely nothing about it. Even when alerted by 100s of collectors to ask them to remove the fake listings.
Ebay/Paypal make the same 10% on forged stamps and stolen stamps as genuine ones, and that seems their sole interest these days. A safe secure marketplace to buy stamps does not appear to be of any interest to ebay.
Even totally non existent stamps ebay cheerfully allows to be sold, the buyers never get them, and the faker vanishes with the money.
Ebay were warned SCORES of times this month, that this fellow below was a totally obvious scammer, and they ignored it, and STILL have not closed this account despite Negative feedback pouring in as you can see, that ebay buyers have been totally ripped off!
https://feedback.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&u ... llFeedback