LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – It took just 68 seconds for a man carrying a backpack to steal $ 25,000 in trading cards from a sports memorabilia store in Lexington.
The owner says it was a bold move for the masked intruder, not only because of all the security cameras, but because the Kentucky Roadshow Shop has a social network that follows 25,000 people. Now, many of them are trying to find out who the intruder is.
“I was like ‘oh man this guy doesn’t stand a chance.’ I had so many eyes, ”says owner Jimmy Mahan.
“It stings because a lot of what we try to do through the hobby is community. It’s like someone had come and needed help, we probably would have helped, ”Mahan says.
Instead, on the evening of April 29, a masked intruder made his way into the store and paid himself around $ 25,000 in wax trading cards.
Shortly after the Mahan robbery, 170 miles south of Knoxville, detectives carried out a similar robbery. A thief broke into Eddie’s sports treasures the same way and took $ 50,000 in cards.
“One of the boxes he took costs $ 3,500,” says shop owner Eddie Barkley. “And I got eight takes.
Now detectives in two states are comparing notes.
“I think there’s a loose connection to that,” says Lexington Police Detective Anthony Delimpo. “I don’t know if the individual is from here or there, but there is a connection with that one, I believe.
“It’s a punch,” Mahan says because he’s convinced the man has been in the store before and the store employees have probably spoken to him.
“We’re proud of ‘hey, come in. We will greet you. We’re going to talk to you, ”Mahan said. “So it stings that the decision was still made, well I’m going to steal them.”
Lexington Police are asking people to be on the lookout for cards on sites like Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, or Craigslist.
If you recognize the man, call the Crime Stoppers information line at 253-2020.
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