(KMOV.com) — Police are scratching their heads over a suspect in Park Hills.
According to officers, the man attempted to sell back stolen coins to the business they were stolen from.
In February, 29-year-old Jeffrey Hedricks broke into Ken’s Cards and Coin store, a collectible card and coin shop in downtown Park Hills. He reportedly stole a case of coins.
“Mostly silver coins, anywhere from 20 dollars to 200,” said owner Ken Mosier. “There were 90 coins in the case because I’d just filled it up the day before he broke in.”
In all, the coins were valued between $1,500 and $1,700. A surveillance camera caught an image of the burglar but it wasn’t until a month later that a tip led police to the Hedricks. Detectives say he confessed.
Hedricks had reportedly returned to the store, selling one of his remaining stolen coins back to Ken himself.
“I asked him about the coins, where are the coins at,” said detective Mike Kurtz. “He told me he’d traded all the coins off for dope, except one of the coins.”
That coin, 1830 silver half dollar was sold back to Mosier. He couldn’t tell it was his because it wasn’t in its case.
“I guess he needed more money for drugs. That’s the only thing i can figure out,” Mosier said. “He ran out of places to sell them. I don’t know he was brave to come back in.”
Investigators say by selling back a stolen coin, the Hedricks may have gotten more drug money but created more legal trouble for himself.
“By him selling the coin back to the victim or actually just him getting rid of the coin, he caught himself another charge, receiving stolen property,” Kurtz said.