Bri­tain sees first Bit­coin armed rob­bery: Re­ports

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Lon­don, UK - Armed rob­bers have raided the house of a Bri­tish vir­tual cur­rency trader, forc­ing him to trans­fer Bit­coins af­ter ty­ing up his wife and threat­en­ing him with a gun, Bri­tish me­dia re­ported on Mon­day.

The rob­bery hap­pened on Jan­uary 22 at the cou­ple’s home in the vil­lage of Mouls­ford in south­east Eng­land, ac­cord­ing to the Daily Mail, which said the cryp­tocur­rency crime was the first of its kind.

Four rob­bers wear­ing bala- clavas broke into the house of Danny As­ton, 30, and his wife Amy Jay, 31.

A Thames Val­ley Po­lice spokesman quoted by the Daily Telegraph said that po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing an ‘ag­gra­vated bur­glary’ in Mouls­ford last week and that the oc­cu­pants of the house had been “threat­ened”.

As­ton and Jay are di­rec­tors of As­ton Dig­i­tal Cur­ren­cies, which spe­cialises in manag­ing vir­tual cur­rency port­fo­lios. No ar­rests have been made but the re­ports said that As­ton may have been tar­geted be­cause of his high pro­file in the cryp­tocur­rency com­mu­nity.

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