Numismatic Crimes – Just another month in the USA

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September 9th, 2010 – Three cases of heavy burglary have been committed within the last August in the USA. The NCIC, the Numismatic Crime Information Center, has recorded them and has spread information.

Missouri – The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of coins and paper money from a dealer inside the Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall in Columbia, Missouri on August 1, 2010. The suspect identified as a white male broke into a display case and removed 54 slabbed PCGS coins and a small lot of currency. The male subject is also a suspect in several other Mall thefts in Missouri. A partial listing of stolen inventory includes: South Carolina $10 note, Petersburg $10 note, Missouri Defense Bond, Dollars 1890CC, 1888S, 1901, 1901AU, 1883, 1935S, 1935, 1903S, 1901, 1878CC, 1893CC all slabbed PCGS.
Any dealer or collector having any information on this offense should contact Chief Investigator Bob Smith at 573-642-7291 or Doug Davis at 817-723-7231.

Massachusetts – State police are investigating the August 13, 2010 vehicle burglary of a dealer traveling home to Michigan from the ANA Money Show held in Boston. The incident occurred approximately 130 miles outside of Boston. The suspects broke into the dealer’s vehicle while stopped at a restaurant and removed two cases containing approximately 250 coins.
A partial listing of coins stolen include an 1803 draped bust large cent MS60,1839 N-8 Petite head (head of 1840)Lot 551 of Dan Holms Part II Sale finest known of those with thin rim cud break under date PCGS MS-63 Brown, 1855 large cent slanted 5’s N-10 lot 1251 of Ted Naftzger Part III Sale Sixth star missing carbon spot on neck PCGS MS-64 R/B, 1858/7 Flying Eagle cent S-63 SEGS MS-60,1794 Flowing Hair half dime PCGS AU-58, 1916D Mercury dime PCGS MS-63 FSB, 1913S Barber quarter PCGS VG-8,1919S Standing Liberty quarter PCGS MS-65 60% H,1795 Flowing hair 2 leaf half dollar PCGS VF 30, and 1836 Classic head No Motto $2.50 gold piece PCGS MS-63.
Any collector or dealer having any information on this offense should contact: Trooper Edward Culver at 413-499-1112 or Doug Davis at 817-723-7231.

Ohio – A Birmingham, Michigan dealer’s vehicle was burglarized while traveling home from a coin show in Richfield, Ohio. The dealer who was following another dealer stopped at a rest stop to use the rest room. While inside a vehicle described as a black Ford Escape or Explorer occupied by 3 hispanic males drove up alongside the victim’s vehicle and smashed the window removing over $250,000 in inventory.
A partial listing of coins stolen include: 1908S Saint NGC61, 1909 $20 Saint PCGS63, 1878 $3 Gold PCGS58, 1886 Quarter NGC PR65CAM, 1872 Quarter NGC PR65CAM, 1909S IND PCGS63RD, 1822 Trade Dollar PCGS63, 1773 Virginia half cent PCGS Genuine Red UNC, 1882O $10 PCGS VF30 Green Tag and a 1904 Liberty Nickel PCGS66.
Any collector or dealer having information on this offense should contact Det. Eric Weaver Ohio Highway Patrol at 216-587-4305 or Doug Davis at 817-723-7231.

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