NEW YORK — While passers-by watched, a traffic cop wrote tickets nearby and a cameraman got it on film, thieves broke into a parked car and stole the entire record of a young Briton's two-year run around the world to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund, police and the young man said.
"I've made it through 20 countries, had my shoes stolen by monkeys in India, got stuck in a swamp in Thailand and got beaten up by some drunks in Australia a couple of days before Christmas," Henry Weston, 24, said.
"We've come through a lot of hell to get here and now we lose absolutely everything in New York."
The daytime theft in mid-town Manhattan on Monday came as Weston was preparing to fly to Ireland for the final leg of a 16,000-mile charity run that began April 1, 1984.
"We've lost the record of the run," he said of the thousands of film slides that vanished along with his passport, travel documents, cameras and video equipment. "There's no dollar value on it."