Olympic medal thieves jailed over museum heist

A jury in Dumfries has found two men guilty of stealing an Olympic gold medal from Dumfries Museum.

Stewart Pettigrew and Charlie Walker will be imprisoned for nearly four years for breaking into the Museum in 2014 and snatching sports medals, a casket containing a historical scroll and a chain of office.

The gold medal was won by curler, Rhona Martin (now Rhona Howie) at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Martin had lent the medal to the Dumfries Museum for a special exhibition, which was timed to coincide with a local curling event.

Pettigrew, 34, denied the theft but was found guilty by the jury at Dumfries Sheriff Court and sentenced to three years and 10 months’ imprisonment. Walker admitted to the heist and will serve three years and seven months in jail.

In an update to our earlier coverage of art dealer and convicted art thief, Jonathan Poole, police have uncovered a rare collection of prints by John Lennon as part of their investigations. Detective Constable Steve Crilley of Gloucestershire police traced the haul while searching for another work of art sold by Poole without the owner’s permission.

The 32 Lennon prints did not form part of the case leading to Poole’s conviction and sentence. Police will not be taking action against the Cumbrian dealer who purchased them in good faith from a contact of Poole and in whose possession the prints remain.

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