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. ••