Thieves who took a parked car from North Watford on Thursday and stole its radio and road tax disc missed the real booty.

The owner found his vehicle missing when he returned to his parking place near Waitrose supermarket.

It was discovered abandoned in Copsewood Road, Watford, with the radio and disc missing. Then the worried owner, accompanied by CID officers, anxiously opened up the boot, where he had locked away £1,700 in cash.

He breathed a deep sigh of relief – the cache was intact. For security reasons his name was not released by police.

[From the Watford Observer of May 10, 1968]

NOSTALGIA NOTE: According to, £1,700 in 1968 would equate to something like £25,000 today.

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