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Hotel Room Burglary And Fun Show. Ft Lauderdale, FL

 
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 Posted 01/11/2017  4:36 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CCFPress to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Numismatic Crime Information Center - Detectives with the Ft. Lauderdale police department are investigating a hotel room burglary that resulted in the loss of coins valued at over $40,000. The victim was a collector attending the recent FUN coin show.


01C  1864  Judd-335  NGC      MS65  185472-005  $9,106.25
50C  1795  O-103a    NGC      VF30  3809196-015 $5,170.00
50C  1808  O-110     PCGS     XF45  33543154    $2,400.00
50C  1809  O-110     PCGS     XF40  33543155    $1,750.00
50C  1809  O-111     PCGS     AU55  33543156    $2,750.00
50C  1812  O-104a    PCGS     AU58  81469525    $1,900.00
50C  1814  O-103     PCGS     AU58              $2,500.00
50C  1817  O-108a    PCGS     VF35  33543158    $500.00
50C  1818  O-113     PCGS     AU55  33543159    $1,600.00
50C  1822  O-105     PCGS     AU58  29293087    $1,760.00
50C  1822  O-113     PCGS     AU53              $650.00
50C  1823  O-110     NGC CAC  AU58  3809010-016 $1,600.00
50C  1824  O-117     PCGS     AU55  33543160    $900.00
50C  1827  O-132     PCGS     AU58  81612459    $1,250.00
50C  1827  O-144     PCGS     AU53  82237716    $3,950.00
50C  1829  O-102     PCGS     AU58  82139155    $2,300.00
50C  1829  O-105     PCGS CAC AU58  32177593    $1,500.00
50C  1830  O-112     PCGS     AU55  81318215    $1,595.00
50C  1836  O-121     PCGS     VF20  31445403    $1,825.00


Anyone with information please contact:

Doug Davis
817-723-7231
Doug @numismaticcrimes.org


Update 1/25/2017

The victim is a member of the Bust Half Nut Club, "BHNC." Through the efforts of BHNC secretary Steve Herrman and PNG dealers Sheridan Downey and David Kahn, a reward fund has been assembled, currently totaling more than $16,000. The reward, administered by BHNC, is offered to any person that provides information leading to recovery of the stolen coins. Questions regarding the reward may be directed to Steve Herrman at sherrman102@aol.com.
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 Posted 01/11/2017  4:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SelectCoinCanada to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is so sad, looks like someone spent a long time acquiring particular grades for their set. I can't imagine what they are feeling right now, the thought turns my stomach.
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 Posted 01/11/2017  5:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I wonder if there was a safe in the room?
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 Posted 01/11/2017  6:07 pm  Show Profile   Check nss-52's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add nss-52 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I wonder if there was a safe in the room?


There could have been, but I'm guessing the coins were not in it.
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 Posted 01/11/2017  6:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bobby131313 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Or they took the whole safe.
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 Posted 01/11/2017  7:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Debrajc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Such a shame! I can not imagine....
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 Posted 01/11/2017  7:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coin197 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Man, they really need better security in these hotels when there is a major Expo.
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 Posted 01/12/2017  12:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Awful. Just terrible.

You HAVE to know it's shark-infested waters at these kinds of events / places though!

<rhetorical question>Why don't people understand this?</rhetorical question>
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 Posted 01/12/2017  01:08 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
They must have tracked this person for some time. What a shame. Even IF they are able to unload them, they won't get $40k and any respectable dealer would report it. I would feel better if it were plain ol' bullion.

That said, if I just purchased those coins, I wouldn't trust my hotel room for security.
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 Posted 01/12/2017  02:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add joeysanders627 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Since I own a few hotels and motels, I thought I would chime in.

1. What kind of locks does the place have? Some can be easily hotwired with a simple pen.

2. If there was no sign of a break in, it could be because of what I wrote above, or it was a member or members of the staff. Housekeepers and other staff are notoriously underpaid by the motels owned by foreigners.

3. It is very easy for motels and hotels to make manager keys. These keys unlock all doors. Managers get them as well as housekeepers. See the problem now? Never keep any important items in a motel or hotel that does not have safes and a camera system. All my buildings have at least 40 security cameras installed. Many of my security systems were installed by cops that moonlighted.

4. Could be an insurance scam. You never know.

5. The best advice I can give is never ever keep forty thousand dollars worth of anything in a place which is not owned and operated by you. You don't know who works there and what has happened in that place in the past. There are just too many unknowns. If you are a coin dealer and have a bank account with a national bank, see if they will give you access to a safe deposit box for a few days for a minimal charge.

6. Also, this press release is limited. Was the person burglarized as he was in the room or did this happen when he left the room?

If he left his room, that person should never have left their coins there. If he was in the room, he should have locked the deadbolt.
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 Posted 01/12/2017  03:06 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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"The victim, a collector, was attending the recent FUN show when the offense occurred."


So, no, they were not in the room at the time the thievery happened.
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 Posted 01/12/2017  03:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add joeysanders627 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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"The victim, a collector, was attending the recent FUN show when the offense occurred."


Do you have a link? I typed that into Google and nothing came up.
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 Posted 01/12/2017  03:29 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, it was one click away from the first link here:

http://www.numismaticcrimes.org/?q=node/618
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 Posted 01/25/2017  10:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bobby131313 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Original post updated with reward information.
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 Posted 01/25/2017  11:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nfine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
With the amount of cash that trades hands in an open environment like this I'm amazed we don't hear more of these stories. We've all seen buyers and/or sellers openly fanning multiple hundred dollar bills when closing a deal. Sadly, the bad guys see this too.
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 Posted 01/25/2017  5:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You tend to hear theft stories after every major show and a lot of lesser ones. Usually it is from stuff being stolen from unattended vehicles but occasionally hotel room thefts. There are probably a lot of smaller thefts that we don't hear about.
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