Gold coins stolen from antique mall east of Columbia

Thursday, August 16, 2012 | 3:07 p.m. CDT; updated 3:15 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 16, 2012

COLUMBIA — Boone County Sheriff's Department deputies are seeking a suspect in connection with two thefts that occurred last week at the Veranda Antique Mall, located east of Columbia.

A man pushed aside a surveillance camera with his cane, picked the lock of a storage cabinet and took three $5 gold coins, according to Detective Tom O'Sullivan.

The thefts were committed by the same suspect on two separate occasions, both during regular business hours, according to a news release from the sheriff's department.

O'Sullivan said the first theft occurred between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 9, and the second theft occurred between 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 11.

The suspect is a white male, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, who weighs about 170 pounds and is estimated to be in his 70s, according to the release.

O'Sullivan said the coins are the property of an independent vendor operating out of the mall and are valued at approximately $800.

Anyone with information on the crime can contact CrimeStoppers at 875-8477.

Supervising editor is Jacob Kirn.

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