bitcoin trader was forced to make a cryptocurrency transfer by armed men who stormed his home in the first heist of its kind in the UK.
Thames Valley police said they were seeking witnesses who may have seen the four raiders who broke into the house in the Oxfordshire village of Moulsford, and threatened the trader and his partner. But they would not confirm local reports that the target of the raiders was not physical property but the man’s stock of the cryptocurrency.
The victim was named in The Times as Danny Aston, a 30-year-old former City broker turned bitcoin trader who ran a digital currency company.
Thames Valley Police said nobody was seriously injured in what they believed was likely a “targeted” incident.
Police said the investigation was in its early stages and warned local residents to expect an increased police presence.
They are particularly interested in anyone with mobile phone images, or dashcam footage from motorists driving through the village on the A329 road, at around the time of the incident.
The soaring value of the online currency was the subject of much discussion at Davos in the past week, with politicians warning of clampdowns on trading because of its association with criminality.
Last week, three people armed with handguns tied up staff at the Ottawa office of Canadian Bitcoins and ordered them to make a transfer of the digital currency. But police arrived before the transfer could take place and one of the suspects was arrested.