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Coin crook: Swiped from owner after he turns his back for just a moment

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Check out these two Chinese gold panda coins. Collectors say they’re valued at about $1,400 each and tough to get, but not for a thief who swiped them right from under the owner’s nose.

Police say the suspect strolled into a coin store in Issaquah and specifically asked to see the Chinese gold panda coins.

Gene Henry owns four of ’em.. brought them out for the soon-to-be thief to see.. turned around to check his computer for a second.. but when he looked back — the crook had taken two of the coins — and bolted out the door.

“I raced to the door like this and I yelled, “Mike,” back me up,” Henry said. “And Linda went right to the phone and called 9-1-1…  he was right about there when I got out the door and [he was] running as fast as he could run, so I took off after him. I thought I lost him amongst the parked cars, but I wasn’t sure and I stood in the parking lot in front of Trader Joe’s for a good 15 to 20 minutes, and meanwhile a squad car pulled up from Issaquah poilce.”

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If you know who this coin crook is, tell Issaquah detectives his name. Call an anonymous tip into:


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