The Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) has reported on an incident in Atlanta involving a coin dealer. It is a reminder that when collectors and dealers are making their way to and from coin shows and events to be aware of their surroundings.
The incident involved a dealer who attending a recent, monthly coin show in Atlanta. As the dealer was loading his car, he observed that he was being watched. The dealer then started to approach the individual watching him, but the person immediately turned and walked away. Before leaving the parking lot, the dealer checked his tires and discovered a sharp object attached to cardboard under one of his tires. You can see it in the photograph below.
The dealer drove home and several minutes after arriving, the individual was seen walking in the dealer’s driveway to try to locate the dealer’s car. No contact was made but the dealer did confirm that it was the same person that watched him load his car at the coin show.
The NCIC points out that coin show collectors, dealers and promoters should be vigilant in being aware of their surroundings. Incidents around coin events have increases in the past 60 days according to the Center.
The Numismatic Crime Information Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to serve as a national and international resource for collectors, dealers and law enforcement in the education, prevention and investigation of crimes involving coins, paper money, tokens, medals and related numismatic items.