Thanks to thieves, coin collector has an unlucky day

Thieves who broke in­to a vehicle on Cottman Av­en­ue Sunday morn­ing lif­ted a lot more than loose change. Coins they got, but they were col­lect­ables worth $50,000, po­lice said.

The vic­tim, a 54-year-old Phil­adelphia man, was driv­ing his GMC truck to a Tre­vose coin show in the Tre­vose fire sta­tion on Street Road when he got a flat tire shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday, po­lice said.

He parked his vehicle and went in­to the Sears Auto Cen­ter at Cottman Av­en­ue and Kindred Street to ar­range to get his flat fixed. When he re­turned to his truck at about 9:20 a.m., he saw the front pas­sen­ger win­dow broken and a green roll-along case and a black satchel in which he had been car­ry­ing the coins were miss­ing, po­lice said. Also swiped was $2,000 in cash.

No ar­rests have been made. Po­lice don’t know if the vic­tim was tar­geted or if the theft was a crime of op­por­tun­ity per­pet­rated by someone who just happened to no­tice the bags in the vic­tim’s vehicle. ••

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