Over the weekend, a couple from Fairfax County, Va., were victims of a theft of a coin and bank note collection valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars.
NBC Washington reported the collection was valued between $300,000 and $500,000.
According to a Fairfax County Police Dept. news release on May 15, the pair had gone to a coin show in Charlottesville, Va. on Sat., and returned in the early evening to their Annandale home.
Police said the couple had parked the car in the driveway, went into the house for 10 minutes, and upon return to their car, they discovered their valuable collection was gone.
Authorities say the vintage coins and bank notes were stored in three brown leather briefcases, two document holders and a leather backpack, all of which had been stashed under a blanket in their car. Authorities believe the culprit may have targeted the couple and followed them home from the Charlottesville show.
“Nobody would have known that the stuff was in the car or where it was located,” said Officer Shelley Broderick, a Fairfax County police spokeswoman, reported Washington Post Local. “The detective definitely feels they were followed home from the show.”
Fairfax County police are now seeking the assistance of the public to help capture the thief and think stolen items may show up at other coin shows in the future.
The police posted a list of the items stolen from the couple:
Image of a 1934 $1,000 bill (on display at the American History Museum in Washington, D.C.)
• 1929 National Notes in increments of five, ten and twenty dollars. These notes are from but not limited to: The Peoples National Bank of Leesburg, the 2nd National Bank of Culpeper and Fauquier National Bank.
• There are also additional notes from these selected Virginia locations, Fairfax, Warrenton, Hot Springs, Staunton, Harrisonburg, Waynesburg, Strasburg, Roanoke, Marshall and Charlottesville.
• Numerous Confederate notes in denominations of one, two, five, ten, fifty and five hundred dollars stored in a document book with plastic holders.
• 1932 Indian Gold piece
• Numerous commemorative half dollars
• One dollar gold pieces
• Confederate Obsolete notes (no other specifics)
• 1922 Plain penny
• Numerous U.S. small currency notes(no other specifics)
• 1909-S VBD penny
• Book of Confederate notes (no other specifics)
• Box of Indian Head and Lincoln pennies
• (2) 1934 $1,000 notes
• 1934 $500 note
• 1928 $500 note
Police are asking for people who might have information related to this theft to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS, or contact police through the Crime Solvers website.