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Police: Suspect stole $10K worth of coins, exchanges them for less than $1,000

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Posted at 10:22 AM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 10:22:23-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee Police Department is searching for a suspect who stole $10,000 worth of "unique coins" from a victim and exchanged them at a local store for less than one-tenth of their value.

TPD’s Burglary Unit says the first burglary happened on August 22 and a second one happened on August 26 at the same location on Bunche Avenue.

Police say the victim collects unique piggy banks and coins. During the burglaries, numerous piggy banks were stolen and in total contained approximately $10,000 in unique coins.

The suspect then went into the Publix on Gaines Street with a few of the stolen piggy banks and handed them to the clerk to cash in the money via the coin machine. Police say he received almost $1,000 in exchange for the coins.

He then left in a small four door sedan with dark tinted windows.

If you have any information to help identify the suspects or the vehicle, you are asked to contact Investigator H. Hamby at 850-891-4203 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.