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CBS Minnesota: "Burglar Smashes Hole Through Wall To Steal Collectible Coins"

GoldbullyGoldbully Posts: 16,862 ✭✭✭✭✭

Proving again that it ain't easy having a B&M&'Sheetrock' coin shop.

Now this is an enterprising criminal.

MANKATO, Minn. (WCCO) — A burglar in southern Minnesota broke through a wall in order to steal some change.

It happened at FW3 Coins over the weekend.

The thief ran off with several thousand dollars’ worth of coins. But how the thief managed to get inside surprised everyone from the owner to his customers.

“I just didn’t know what to think. If I should be sad, if I should be happy, if I should be upset, if I should be yelling,” said owner Samir Fox-Wahab after the discovered his store was burglarized. “This is the first time I felt like I think I’ve been violated. It’s not just the money. The money is a problem too but just the fact that somebody broke into my store.”

Fox-Wahab said the thief grabbed about $3,600 in collectible coins, the highest value being a four coin set worth $199. His display case was just about half full, but Fox-Wahab said the shelves are normally fully stocked. Luckily, he said his most expensive items including gold coins were locked away in his safe.

At first he couldn’t make heads or tails of how the thief committed the crime, until he stepped behind his back door leading into the building where his store is located.

“[The thief] took their time, planned it I guess because they knew exactly where they were going, what they were gonna do,” he said.

After talked with police, Fox-Wahab said it appears the thief broke into the building through a locked door and then into a locked bathroom. In the bathroom stall, a large hole was smashed through the drywall. It was large enough for a person to crawl through, leading directly to FW3 Coins’ back door within the building.

He was still able to open his doors to his customers Monday, many of whom were devastated to hear the news. Having them visit the store lightened his mood as the day went on.

“All day all my customers been coming in just very sorry for what happened, offering to help any way they can,” he said.

The store has a surveillance system, however Fox-Wahab believes it was unplugged when the thief busted through the store’s back door.

He said he plans to keep more items in his safe from this point on or potentially invest in a second safe.

Fox-Wahab also reached out to his friends in the coin collecting business, asking them to keep an eye out for his stolen merchandise. He said police will notify local pawn shops about the crime as well. Anyone who thinks they have information about the burglary can call Mankato Police at 507-387-8700.

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    StoogeStooge Posts: 4,647 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sad news...I hate thieves!

    Later, Paul.
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    kazkaz Posts: 9,067 ✭✭✭✭✭


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    TreashuntTreashunt Posts: 6,747 ✭✭✭✭✭



    BHNC #203

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    KkathylKkathyl Posts: 3,762 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Glad the news channel got the story out for him. So sad.

    Best place to buy !
    Bronze Associate member

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow... now that is different.... and well planned. The individual who did this obviously has been in the facility before.....and knew exactly how to gain entry. You may even know the perpetrator. Cheers, RickO

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    ccmorganccmorgan Posts: 1,212 ✭✭✭

    They should publish a list of what this guy stole to make it more difficult to sell them.
    Also I'm curious too.

    Love the 1885-CC Morgan
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    thevolcanogodthevolcanogod Posts: 270 ✭✭✭

    @Goldbully said:
    Fox-Wahab said the thief grabbed about $3,600 in collectible coins, the highest value being a four coin set worth $199.

    Wonder if that was the Am Lib set? See, some of you said no one would ever walk into a B&M looking for this set.

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    johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,512 ✭✭✭✭✭

    what a major bummer

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    BuffaloIronTailBuffaloIronTail Posts: 7,413 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @johnny9434 said:
    what a major bummer

    It's all in the mindset of the perpetrator, or anyone who robs or cheats their way through life: The have and the have nots.

    Oh, it's not going to hurt them.....let them work and make a living.....they're loaded.....etc, etc, etc.

    Those without Honor are also without a Soul.


    "I tell them there's no problems.....only solutions" - John Lennon
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    3keepSECRETif2rDEAD3keepSECRETif2rDEAD Posts: 4,285 ✭✭✭✭✭

    ...I only ever knew one guy from Mankato, MN...but it couldn't have been him because he's already in prison for the next decade ;)

    ...maybe sooner than later he will have a new roommate ;)

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    hchcoinhchcoin Posts: 4,825 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I hate news like this.

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