Train heist a heartbreaker
Model train enthusiast Scott Hancock lost a family heirloom and his son's inheritance in one fell swoop.
The Ranui resident was distraught to discover up to $40,000 worth of vintage train sets stolen from his home on November 21.
The models once belonged to his late father who had been collecting them since he lived in England as a teenager during the 1950s.
He had about 100 models included Bachmanns and Hornbys and some dated back to the first half the 20th century.
A few were modified and Mr Hancock, 46, spent time repairing others as they were ultimately intended to be passed on to his son.
He says they have been valued between $165 and $400 each.
"The story goes that Dad had enough tracks to go out the back door, around the house and through the front door again," Mr Hancock says.
"How's that for dedication?"
Police are investigating the theft and Mr Hancock has contacted antiques stores to see if anyone has tried to sell his missing trains.
He's had no luck so far.
Waitakere Detective Senior Sergeant James Bothamley says police are following similar avenues.
"We urge anyone who has been offered antique model rail items for sale from anyone who appears to have limited knowledge about their history or rarity to contact the Henderson police," he says.