(AFP) – 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 balaclavas broke into the house. A Thames Valley police spokesman quoted by the Daily Telegraph said only that police were investigating an “aggravated burglary” in Moulsford last week and that the occupants of the house had been “threatened”.
No arrests have been made but the reports said that the husband may have been targeted because of his high profile in the cryptocurrency community.
Using a pseudonym, the husband has carried out more than 100,000 transactions with 16,375 partners. Some of them referred to him online using his real name, which may have led robbers directly to him.
Bitcoin is a virtual currency created from computer code that allows anonymous transactions. Unlike a real-world unit such as the US dollar or euro, it has no central bank and is not backed by any government.