Star Wars memorabilia stolen from Eastbourne charity shop

Eastbourne crime SUS-140705-090827001
Eastbourne crime SUS-140705-090827001

Dark forces were evident in Eastbourne this week when a valuable item of Star Wars memorabilia was stolen from a charity shop.

Staff at Age Concern Eastbourne in Grove Road were rearranging their stock when a signed framed photograph of Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the original film trilogy was stolen. The theft occurred between 4pm and 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday.

The photo, which measures about 8 x 10 inches, is very similar to the image shown and was in a dark coloured frame with “trilogy” printed in the the bottom right hand corner and “Circa Lucas Films” in the bottom left corner. A certificate of authenticity was taped to the back.

Senior charity shop supervisior Gina Grinstead said, “We had the item valued at £80 - this would have been a valuable donation to to Eastbourne Age Concern as we are a small local independent charity set up to help older people socialise and partake in a variety of activities, and seek information, advice and guidance all designed to promote independence and wellbeing designed to enhance later life.

“We also provide Information and advice on health, welfare benefits, consumer issues, and local concerns and offer a number of free services, providing professional legal advice, will-writing (conditions apply), and pension assistance.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1009 of 05/05 or email You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.