8 gold coins worth over $10,000 stolen from Portage business

    Portage police provided an example of what American Eagle Gold Coins look like. (WWMT/Courtesy Portage Department of Public Safety)

    Portage Public Safety officers continued to search for two people who stole collectible gold coins worth over $10,000 on Monday.

    Police said a Hispanic man in his 30s with short black hair and a goatee distracted the staff at Scott's Sports Cards and Jewelry, 7428 S. Westnedge, while a Hispanic woman in her 30s with long black hair pulled into a ponytail pocketed eight American Eagle gold coins.

    The man asked to see several gold and silver coins, showed them his gold watch, and had other coins packaged. The two left in a black GMC or Chevrolet Tahoe they had parked at a business next door.

    “In 45 years of business, I've never had that happen. So, it's one of those things where we're taking measures to make sure it doesn't happen again," Scott Hocevar, the owner of Scott’s Sports Cards and Jewelry, said.

    Investigators believe the couple were professionals, because of how well the heist was planned. They have contacted other law enforcement agencies to see if similar incidents have happened with similar suspect descriptions.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the Portage Department of Public Safety (269) 329-4567 or Silent Observer (269) 343-2100 or submit a tip online.

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