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Britain sees first Bitcoin armed robbery, say reports

Four robbers wearing balaclavas broke into the house of Danny Aston, 30, and his wife Amy Jay, 31

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Armed robbers have raided the house of a British virtual trader, forcing him to transfer Bitcoins after tying up his wife and threatening him with a gun, British media reported today.

The robbery happened on January 22 at the couple's home in the village of 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 of Danny Aston, 30, and his wife Amy Jay, 31.

A quoted by said only that police were investigating an "aggravated burglary" in last week and that the occupants of the house had been "threatened".

According to company registry records, Aston and Jay are directors of Aston Digital Currencies, which specialises in managing virtual portfolios.

The company was created in June 2017 at a time when was trading at around 2,500 euros.

It has since risen sharply to a peak of 16,323 euros on December 17 before falling back below 10,000 euros.

No arrests have been made but the reports said that Aston may have been targeted because of his high profile in the cryptocurrency community.

Using a pseudonym, Aston 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.

is a virtual created from computer code that allows anonymous transactions. Unlike a real-world unit such as the US dollar or euro, it has no central and is not backed by any government.

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First Published: Mon, January 29 2018. 19:40 IST