Rewards and Security Tips
The Professional Numismatists
Guild (PNG) is offering rewards for information
leading to the recovery of rare coins and paper
money stolen in a half dozen, seemingly-related
burglaries from the offices of Southern
California rare coin dealers. PNG also is
offering security advice for dealers to protect
themselves and their inventory.
"The ‘M.O.’ (modus operandi) appears virtually
the same in each of the six recent thefts: they
occurred on Sundays when the dealers’ offices
were closed, and the thieves scrambled in and
out in under two minutes," said Robert
Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director.
"They scooped up whatever looked valuable from
desktops or shelves. Even though they usually
could not break into a safe in that short amount
of time, they still got away with hundreds of
thousands of dollars in rare coins, bullion
pieces and bank notes."
PNG and two victimized PNG dealers, Kevin Lipton
of Beverly Hills and Numismatic Emporium of
Woodland Hills, are jointly offering rewards
totaling $20,000 for information that
successfully leads to recovery of their stolen
Burglars also broke into the offices of PNG
member Barry Stuppler of Woodland Hills, and
dealers Mark Chrans of Malibu and Joel Malter of
Encino. A sixth Southern California dealer who
recently was burglarized has requested
Brueggeman has extensive management experience
in law enforcement and security. In addition to
his role as PNG Executive Director, he is
President of Positive Protection, Inc., a
company that provides on-site security services
and high-value merchandise protection for many
coin conventions and jewelry shows across the
country. He offers these seven safety tips to
dealers to help prevent potential burglary
Use alarms and double-bolting on all entrance
and exit doors and windows, and make sure the
alarm system is on each and every night.
Add motion detectors to all hallways.
Never leave any portion of your inventory lying
around. Always place merchandise inside your
alarmed safes at the end of each business day.
Reinforce the doors and walls to rooms that
house your safe(s) and working table(s).
Never let anyone see your "behind-the-scenes"
operation who you don’t know or haven’t been
introduced to by someone you trust.
Increase camera surveillance systems to include
DVR real-time recordings which are kept in a
safe-type enclosure and can be reviewed in the
event of a problem.
Use "man trap" entry and exit doors that can
help prevent or at least delay someone from
entering or leaving when you are open for
For additional information, contact PNG at (760)
728-1300, by e-mail at info@PNGdealers.com or
visit online at www.PNGdealers.com.