Rooftop burglar gets away with $30K in rare coins

April 10, 2013 in Antique Coins, Burglaries, Coins, Collecting, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By Elisa Jaffe Published: Apr 9, 2013 (

TACOMA, Wash. — Police are looking for the rooftop burglar who sawed his way into a Tacoma shop and made off with more than $30,000 in rare coins.

Crews are now patching the hole in Freighthouse Square, where an industrious burglar recently cut his way into the American Rare Coins and Collectibles shop.

“I just thought, ‘Oh my god, oh my god, that’s my whole life,'” said owner Ray Brandt. “Everything I own is in this store.”

The burglar tied a rope to a satellite dish, dropped through a hole in the roof and shimmied his way down into the coin store.

Surveillance footage shows the crook running toward the shop’s showcases early Sunday morning.

“First thing going through my mind is, I’m out at least $100,000, maybe even more,” Brandt said.

The brazen burglar raced directly to the rare coins room where Brandt only allows regulars. He hopped onto a counter and grabbed a bag, leaving fingerprints behind for detectives to lift.

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