Brazen thief swipes nearly $6,000 worth of rare coins from Pony Express Museum

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Staff at The Pony Express Museum said a man stole almost $6,000 worth of rare gold coins out of a display case Thursday. Staff told FOX 4 the man snatched the coins while visitors and museum employees were just around the corner.

“To come in here and think boldly that he could just come in and grasp them away and it was okay, I don’t understand that part,” said museum director Cindy Daffron. “There’s always that one little second, that’s all it takes and somebody takes advantage.”

Surveillance video shows the man lingering in front of the case that holds the coins off and on for several hours. Then, it shows the man attempt to break into the case multiple times. Daffron said the man finally broke into the case using a pocket knife that he had purchased from the museum’s gift shop.

“He was lurking to wait for that minute that he could get enough of that spun off of there where he could start getting the screw to come out,” said Daffron.

Daffron said the rare, historic coins from the 1860s were gifted to the museum in 2008 after being passed down through three generations. She said one of the U.S. coins has never been circulated and will be extremely hard to replace.

Daffron detectives with the St. Joseph Police Department took finger prints from the case and obtained the surveillance video Friday. If you know anything about the man in the video, call police.

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