Shop owner offers $10,000 reward after rare coins theft

Sevierville shop owner offers $10,000 reward after rare coins theft

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"I'm a pretty old feller, and they got my retirement," owner Charles North said. "I'm a pretty old feller, and they got my retirement," owner Charles North said.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A Sevierville coin shop owner is offering a $10,000 reward after $150,000 worth of his merchandise was stolen.

The burglary at the Coin Shop, which is inside the Flea Traders Paradise, was reported on July 21.

Sevierville police say the thief cut through several locks to get to the rare coins and currencies. The burglar wore a black short-sleeved T-shirt, a white hat and what appears to be a clown mask.

Owner Charles North has video of the burglary on his surveillance camera.

North has been in the coin business since the 1960s. He's been robbed before, but "I'm a pretty old feller, and they got my retirement," North said. "I was planning on leaving here in January and quitting. I had people that wanted...I could have sold it all."

Police say they've exhausted their leads.

"Our detectives feel that the only way that we can really make any headway on this is to try to distribute the information to the public. And hopefully, the individual or individuals that have the coins or the currency and other things are going to try to sell it and someone will be aware that we're trying to look for this person," said Sevierville police spokesman Bob Stahlke.

North says the items weren't insured.

Investigators still hope some of the items could be returned.

"The currency and the coins and the silver are somewhere. Whether this person has them in their possession yet, or whether they've tried to sell it, it's out there somewhere. So hopefully it will turn up," Stahlke said.

"And even if he's sold it, it's still possible that the people who have it now could come forward and we could trace it back to that individual," he added.

North wants to see the thief caught. "Somebody turn him in. I've got the money to pay them. I'll pay the reward. We'll put him in jail and find any other stuff, or don't have to find any of the stuff. I'd just get him in jail. That's all we need to do," he said.

If you have any information about the burglary, call Sevierville police at 865-453-5506.

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