Peter John Higgs of the UK and Lawrence Gray of the US.

On both sides of the Atlantic, crime presents itself in many horrific ways, from mob lynching and robbery to armed robbery and all the varieties in between.

But even the safest classes are not immune to the effects of criminality, and worse – alleged criminals can come from within their own circle of friendship.

Lawrence Gray is an American retired professor, and everyone who knows him agrees that he has ‘excellent tastes, impeccable manners, superb social connections’.

Peter John Higgs was the PhD Curator of the Greek Collection at the British Museum, and he traced the looted artifacts and returned them to their home countries.

One sued and prosecuted, the other fired and investigated – both discredited for their alleged involvement in the robbery of jewels, antiquities and xxxxxxx.

new york post informed of:

“The 79-year-old man is accused of stealing at least $1 million in jewelry and art from homes in five states, some where he was invited to weddings or fundraisers.”

Prosecutors in New York reiterated previous claims in civil court, describing Gray as a ‘clever thief’ who began targeting her boyfriend – and then proceeded to rob members of his affluent friends.

He had a long relationship with heiress and divorcee Jacqueline Quillen. He often stayed at her home in East Hampton or Georgetown. They had separate homes but had a busy social life.

“But she didn’t know that Gray was allegedly stealing from her and her friends. He even took a pair of 1920s Steuben martini glasses gifted to him by Loomis, as alleged in a civil lawsuit by his son, Parker.

Gray, who surrendered to authorities Tuesday, is now accused of stealing at least seven high-end pieces of jewelry in Manhattan between 2016 and 2018 and selling them through a New York auction house for more than $45,000 Is.

The pieces reportedly stolen by Gray include ‘a verdura platinum, diamond and sapphire brooch’ that sold for $22,500, as well as ‘Bucellati pendant earrings’ worth $13,000 and a ‘Bucellati brooch’ worth $7,500.

Gray also faces a charge of felony theft in Rhode Island, where he allegedly stole a $32,000 verdura platinum, diamond and sapphire brooch from the Newport home of Nanette and former US diplomat George Herrick during a wedding reception. was stolen.”

Gray’s downfall began when, in May 2021, Nanette Herrick was alerted that her ‘one-of-a-kind’ work was being auctioned at the Doyle House in Manhattan, where Gray is alleged to have sent the brooch in August 2016.

As of now, there are new cases and ongoing law enforcement investigations in several other jurisdictions that include Gray as a suspect.

The New York Post calculated the total value of his alleged thefts in all cases to be more than $1 million.

Gray has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Prior to any criminal trial, Quillen’s son Parker sued Grey, claiming several valuables including a ‘$17,000 diamond ring’, a ‘$10,000 Patek Philippe watch’ and ‘$4,700 diamond earrings’ accused of stealing.

The suit was settled by Gray. The terms were confidential, but Gray paid Quillen’s estate.

Gray will return to Manhattan court on October 31 after pleading not guilty to felony counts of ‘scheme to defraud’, ‘criminal possession of stolen property’ and ‘grand larceny’.

Left: Herrick’s Verdura platinum, diamond and sapphire brooch, allegedly stolen by Lawrence Grey. Right: The Cartier diamond ring, missing from the British Museum’s collection.

On the other side of the pond, another handsome professor is under the microscope when it turns out she’s a British Museum employee who was fired after a stolen treasure scam.

daily Mail informed of:

“The British Museum employee sacked after being accused of stealing valuable treasures was today revealed to be a ‘world expert’ on ancient Greece, having worked there for more than three decades.

Peter John Higgs, 56, was fired this summer over a hoard of jewellery, gems and precious metals spanning more than three millennia of history that went missing from the museum’s safes over a number of years.

Higgs was not arrested by the police, but was dismissed from the museum after items were found to be ‘missing, stolen or damaged’.

It came to light that he had been named among bosses three years earlier after Greco-Roman jewelery went up for sale on eBay – but he kept his job.

His family told him that he was innocent and said that he would clear his name.

The Met Police have not disclosed what has been stolen. But high profile thefts at the museum have included a £750,000 Cartier diamond ring, which has been missing since 2011.

“Some experts fear that the stolen items, including precious stones, glass and metals dating back to the 15th century BC, may already be in the hands of private collectors or even bought for ‘quick cash’ Can be melted down by the gang.

[…] The Daily Telegraph reports that the Metropolitan Police’s Economic Crime Command is in charge of the criminal investigation. An insider suggested that few details have been released because they ‘may have some information about his whereabouts and believe he can be recovered.’

The museum has apologized for the theft of such irreplaceable items and said it has tightened security and called in outside experts to explain what was missing, damaged and stolen.


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