- 15 paintings were stolen from home of former MP Esmond Bulmer 2009
- Two were regarded as 'important works' and police launched investigation
- But after years of no results, couple turned to private investigators for help
- Paintings have now been returned - and one sleuth involved is the man who recovered The Scream after it was stolen from an Oslo gallery in 1994
SAWBRIDGEWORTH, CM219EH HERTFORDSHIRE) said: ‘What was very apparent to me was that the robbers had a very good understanding of the layout of the property and good knowledge of the Bulmers themselves. It was very well planned and orchestrated.’
Esmond Bulmer, of the famous Bulmer cider dynasty, lost £2 million worth of fine art when masked intruders forced their way into his home in Bruton, near Shepton Mallet.
director of the Art Management Group and a former detective at Scotland Yard, said: “These paintings are not saleable on the open market.
“They have all been placed on the Art Loss register and would be very difficult to shift through dealers.
“It is conceivable they could have been used as a commodity to exchange for drugs or as collateral for other criminal operations.
First of all, lets be clear, this was not a simple art theft by colourful, charismatic art thieves, but a violent, armed robbery, whereby an innocent female was assaulted, tied up and left for twenty four hours before she was discovered.
Any notion that this was a Thomas Crown Affair type glamorous art heist must be dispelled and the fact Dick Ellis has shown his true colours by demonstrating his greed and total disregard for the law, should not be underestimated.
Dick Ellis has for the last two decades pontificated about the vital need to obtain a so called "Comfort Letter of Approval" from Police before any stolen art can be recovered and a reward or fee be paid.
Dick Ellis has always stated clearly that failure to do so would result in arrest and possible criminal charges, especially since the 2002 Proceeds of Crime Act.
Why, when Charlie Hill recovered the stolen Titian from Longleat back in 2002,
without any Comfort letter of approval from Police, Dick Ellis was the most critical and subsequently Charlie Hill was black-balled by the insurance industry and slimy Dick Ellis stepped into Charlie Hill's shoes.
Since then Dick Ellis has harped on about the need to obtain permission from Police and always involve Police in stolen art recoveries.
Now, some 13 years later, we are led to believe Dick Ellis has gone off the reservation and recovered the Bulmer paintings without any Comfort letter of approval from Police, and to make matters worse, Dick Ellis was given a preview viewing of the Bulmer paintings before the ransom money was wire- transferred to the handlers.
Surely this breaks all conventions and even the 2002 Proceeds of Crime act and therefore Dick Ellis should be arrested, along with Charlie Hill and the Bulmers for breaking the 2002 Proceeds of Crime Act?
On the other hand, it will be interesting to see if there are any arrests as Police at the time of theft said this would not be a simple case of recovery and the reward offered clearly stated that it would only be paid if there were arrests and convictions, see above.
Dick Ellis has revealed himself to be nothing more than a hypocritical, dishonest, Carpetbagger and has lost all credibility.
More to follow..................................