in Rare coins stolen
By Nora Muchanic
Thieves used a
torch and chisel to get through a 2,000 pound
safe to steal a coin collection worth about
Ron Cohen of West Windsor, New Jersey, is still
in the state of shock.
While he was away on vacation with his
grandchildren recently, thieves broke into that
safe in the garage of his Village Grande home,
clearing out his beloved coin collection worth
as much as a half million dollars.
It's believed the thieves, who carefully planned
the heist, worked for almost 6 hours, torching
their way through tempered steel and 4 inches of
cement to unlock the safe.
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"They hit me the night I left," Cohen said.
"They had to figure it was cash."
But instead they found 12 black and white
binders filled with valuable coins and some
jewelry that belonged to Cohen's wife.
Cohen thinks the thieves knew he'd be out of
"Had to be somebody who did work at the house
and tipped off somebody," Cohen said.
The thieves left their shoeprints behind along
with a handful of coins, like an1862 Indian head
cent in mint condition.
"Part of the fun of collecting coins is, 'Abe
Lincoln could have held this in his hand.' When
you collect something for 50 years, each coin
becomes like a child," said Cohen.
Cohen is trying to get the word out so that
fellow coin collectors can be on the lookout
should someone try to sell the stolen goods.
If that hasn't already happened.
"Hopefully whoever buys this collection sees
this and says, 'You know what? I got his coins.
I've got to give them back,'" said Cohen.
Neighbors apparently noticed this hole in the
garage door and saw a vehicle parked in Cohen's
driveway but never called police.
Police are investigating, but unless an honest
coin dealer or pawn shop owner recognizes
Cohen's collection he's out of luck.
He didn't carry insurance on the coins because
it was too expensive.