UPDATE (1/15/15): An arrest has been made in this case.
The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who stole an assortment of rare coins worth nearly $40,000 from a local store by concealing them under his jacket.
The theft happened November 17th at Dalton Stamp and Coin at 110 West Waugh Street. At approximately 5:30 pm, a man came in to the store and began asking the owner about rare coins. The owner showed the suspect between 70 and 80 coins in a box. During the discussion, the suspect distracted the owner by asking to see something under the counter. While the owner’s back was turned, the suspect concealed the box of coins under his jacket. The suspect then told the store owner that he had to go back to his car to get his credit card to make his purchase. After about a minute, the owner realized that the box of coins was missing but the suspect was already gone. The owner estimates the value of the stolen rare coins to be approximately $37,000.
The suspect is a black male with a shaved head standing approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds. He wore eyeglasses, a dark jacket, jeans, and white tennis shoes. A picture from store surveillance is included with below. While investigating this incident, Dalton investigators learned that the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department is investigating a similar crime in which a suspect matching the Dalton suspect’s description stole a rare $1,000 bill. Two surveillance pictures from that incident are also included below. In that incident, the suspect wore a black track suit with yellow trim.
Below: Images of the suspect in the Dalton theft (first image) and the Fort Oglethorpe theft (second and third images)