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    Two old dolls snatch Steve McQueen canvas from Belfast hotel

    Video: Watch as elderly women try to snatch 15k McQueen poster from Belfast's Bullitt hotel




    Pensioners make daring raid on iconic print of Hollywood legend at new Bullitt hotel

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    Video: Watch as elderly women try to snatch 15k McQueen poster from Belfast's Bullitt hotel - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

    Police have vowed there'll be no Great Escape for two granny gangsters who stole a massive 15,000 poster of the late actor Steve McQueen from under the noses of the PSNI in the centre of Belfast at the weekend.

    The ageing thieves - one of whom hobbled on a walking stick - made The Getaway from the trendy Bullitt hotel on Sunday night, with the specially-commissioned black-and-white picture of the late American actor, who starred in the movie which gave the Ann Street hot-spot its name.

    And now the pensioner pilferers could be featuring in a wanted poster of their own.

    CCTV cameras captured every move of their hare-brained heist, which started with them checking out the foyer of the Bullitt hotel, which had only opened two days beforehand.

    The footage showed one of the women giving her walking stick and handbag to her accomplice, who opened up her cloak behind her to stop hotel staff seeing her partner-in-crime giving Steve the heave-ho from a wall near the reception.

    The past-their-prime pair didn't exactly shoot off like a bullet from the Bullitt and cameras outside the hotel picked them up slowly dragging their ill-gotten gains up Victoria Street, after leaving the hotel through a fire exit.

    The bus-pass burglars cheekily walked straight past Musgrave Police Station on Ann Street towards Donegall Quay, where police suspect an ill-prepared fence may have been waiting to take the 6ft by 4ft poster off their hands.

    In the Great Escape of course a different sort of fence - a barbed wire one - was the problem for McQueen and his motorbike. But in the Great Escape that wasn't, the fence's car was apparently too small to fit the poster in.

    So the senior-citizen crooks abandoned their pin-up of their poster boy - with his dark glasses and cigarette - outside Tedford's restaurant, where staff who had attended the glittering ceremony for the Bullitt's opening, recognised the picture and returned it to the hotel.

    The poster will need repairs to minor damage before it is restored to its pride of place in the 4m hotel - which is owned by Bill Wolsey - who also operates the luxury five-star Merchant Hotel nearby, as well as over 40 other establishments across Northern Ireland.

    Mr Wolsey, who was in the hotel yesterday, told me that he had commissioned the Steve McQueen artwork from an eastern European artist who splits his time between Los Angeles and France.

    He said he was a big fan of McQueen and had always admired his work, though he admitted Bullitt wasn't his favourite movie featuring the award-winning actor.

    He said he'd had the print in his office for over a year but decided to put it on show in his new hotel because the late actor was always 'current and cool' and that was the image he wanted for the Bullitt.

    Police have appealed for help in identifying the women who made off with McQueen. They said they were both in their late-60s and had shoulder-length blonde hair and wore glasses.

    The PSNI said one of the women was wearing a distinctive zebra-print jacket.

    Detectives are confident that members of the public will be able to come up with names for the light-fingered larcenists, assuming that is, that they weren't weekend visitors from outside Northern Ireland.

    The general manager of the Bullitt, Michael Sullivan, said he was shocked to hear that the McQueen print had gone.

    "We only put it up on Friday and couldn't believe that someone had stolen it," he said.

    "We were even more surprised to see on the CCTV pictures that the thieves were two well-dressed women who weren't exactly your stereotypical criminals

    I had seen them earlier in the hotel having tea and a drink and they didn't look suspicious or drunk.

    "Yet what they did was quite brazen and it wouldn't have been that easy for them to remove it from the wall.

    "The print was hanging near the reception desk but our staff there were checking in some guests. And anyway, the last thing you would expect would be for someone to steal something so big."

    After he gets a face-lift, the mean and moody McQueen will be back in his starring role in the Bullitt, though he'll get a security makeover.

    The PSNI press office yesterday took the unusual step of insisting that they were treating the theft as 'genuine', after a number of English journalists rang them to express surprise that there was a hotel in Belfast called Bullitt, given the city's troubled past.

    "There was also a sense among the cynics that the story may have been something that sounded like Bullitt but this was no publicity stunt," said one police source.




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    Not a very fast get away, They should have stuck to playing Bingo ,

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    Good on them, but they're fooked...Probably only need to eat, like Jean Valjean...

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    Now if it had been a poster of the actress in Bullet , Jacqueline Bisset it would have been worth stealing.

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    The report is a quite piss poor piece of journalism given the thrust of it implied the property had been stolen when in fact it hadn't been but was quickly recovered after having been abandoned.
    If the perps are apprehended then the appropriate charge will be criminal damage although I suspect a caution will be the more likely outcome.
    In order to " steal " one must establish that there has been an intention to permanently deprive and given the facts this plainly hasn't been the case. The entire piece is a ghastly contrived and laboured piece so typical of provincial journalism these days.
    The real story, as highlighted by the mainland hacks, is the utter crassness in naming a Belfast hotel, Bullitt.

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    Ann trim and Dona Gael are being sought by the B"film" specials

    Connie Mara is believed to be the Munstermind while slab Murphy is the Mr Big

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    ^^
    The canvas was too big to fit in their car so they left it ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    Good on them, but they're fooked...Probably only need to eat, like Jean Valjean...
    Nah! They were probably just horny and hungry for some hardy manly man American manstuff, they are sick to death of the limp euro-english-trash peepee.

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    Steve McQueen was the true rebel.

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    ^ Is that a red cabbage?...Never seen one before...Reminds me of a Stephen Crane novel...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Earl View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    Good on them, but they're fooked...Probably only need to eat, like Jean Valjean...
    Nah! They were probably just horny and hungry for some hardy manly man American manstuff, they are sick to death of the limp euro-english-trash peepee.
    Yeah, those beefcake manly hunks that drink their own piss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    The report is a quite piss poor piece of journalism given the thrust of it implied the property had been stolen when in fact it hadn't been but was quickly recovered after having been abandoned.
    If the perps are apprehended then the appropriate charge will be criminal damage although I suspect a caution will be the more likely outcome.
    In order to " steal " one must establish that there has been an intention to permanently deprive and given the facts this plainly hasn't been the case. The entire piece is a ghastly contrived and laboured piece so typical of provincial journalism these days.
    The real story, as highlighted by the mainland hacks, is the utter crassness in naming a Belfast hotel, Bullitt.
    Rubbish. They stole it. The fact that they abandoned it does not make it any less theft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    ^ Is that a red cabbage?...Never seen one before...Reminds me of a Stephen Crane novel...
    If the Gerry Fitt's?

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    Northern Ireland Doctor Jill Purce sorry for stealing Steve McQueen print in a 'moment of madness'



    Dr Jill Purce carrying the Steve McQueen artwork

    Making off with a 15,000 print of Hollywood legend Steve McQueen from a Belfast hotel must have seemed like a good idea at the time - but now Ballymena family doctor Jill Purce admits she is bitterly regretting what she's called her "moment of madness".

    Tracked down to her home in a leafy Ballymena suburb by our sister paper, Sunday Life, the part-time GP immediately confessed to the dim-witted crime caper.

    "I think I did it maybe because I could do it, it was a bit like the Thomas Crown Affair," she said, referring to the 1999 film starring Pierce Brosnan about an art theft.

    In the original 1968 movie that inspired the remake, McQueen staged a bank robbery.

    "I'm just a huge Steve McQueen fan, I have photographs of him, signed photographs," she added.

    Asked what she would have done had she and her friend managed to pull off their spur-of-the-moment caper, she said: "I would have woken up in the morning and said to myself, 'You stupid f****** b****' and driven right back down to the hotel and said, 'I did this in a moment of madness'." The doctor now says she's "too ashamed" to leave her house.

    "I can't go out. I'm ashamed to go out," she explained.

    As they made their great escape from the hotel, Dr Purce and a pal were caught on security camera footage, carting the enormous print out of the new Bullitt Hotel in central Belfast. But the bumbling pair could not fit the 6ft 4in picture into their car - and had to ditch their haul outside the swish Tedford's restaurant on Donegall Quay. The black and white image of McQueen was specially commissioned by the Bullitt hotel's owner, Bill Wolsey, for the 4m establishment on Church Lane which opened on the Friday before the theft.

    Mr Wolsey said last week that he had specially commissioned the piece, a still from McQueen's 1968 film, Bullitt, from an eastern European artist.

    In footage from the foyer of the hotel, Dr Purce can be seen handing her friend her walking stick while she calmly removes the picture from the wall.

    Dr Purce then struggles out of the building with it as guests walk by, oblivious to what's going on in front of them.

    The pair can then be seen on separate footage, slowly making their way along Victoria Street, close to Musgrave police station.

    The picture of the late Hollywood icon has now been returned to the hotel, and has been securely screwed to the wall.

    Police are investigating the incident

    Northern Ireland GP Jill Purce sorry for stealing Steve McQueen print in a 'moment of madness' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk


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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    If the Gerry Fitt's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes
    Mr Wolsey said last week that he had specially commissioned the piece, a still from McQueen's 1968 film, Bullitt, from an eastern European artist.
    15,000 for an enlarged cropped photo, by a nameless 'artist' ?
    And couldn't they have given the commision to a local .
    scum

    heres the original photo






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    Thomas Crown Liqour saloon Affair the movie in waiting

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_Liquor_Saloon

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes
    Mr Wolsey said last week that he had specially commissioned the piece, a still from McQueen's 1968 film, Bullitt, from an eastern European artist.
    15,000 for an enlarged cropped photo, by a nameless 'artist' ?
    And couldn't they have given the commision to a local .
    scum

    heres the original photo






    The Eastern European artist was non other than the pubs Polish chef, Krak Pisskassi who is now famous in Eastern Europe as a renowned artist for selling his work to the Irish art collector.

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    An insurance scam by paddy
    Pretend it cost 15000
    Insure it
    Leave it proped up against a wall
    Have it stolen by an accomplice etc,,......

    The flaw in the plan was a drunk Irish doctor getting it first .
    Game over no score

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    I am a look alike of Steve Mc Queen, if I book into the Irish lady doctors surgery, will she give me a thorough seeing to.

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    I wouldn't go there, weird people come from Ballymena. Liam Neeson etc.

    And my sister.

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    ^normal is way overrated, kinda boring, me thinks.

    Your sister sounds like interesting person to me.

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    This kind of wierdness is allways worthy of a watch!


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