VISTA, Calif. -- Authorities reached out to the public Thursday for help in identifying a band of thieves who stole roughly $35,000 worth of antique coins and silver last month during a break-in at a Vista currency and precious metals business.
The bandits forced their way into California Numismatic Funding in the 700 block of East Vista Way through a back door shortly before 10 p.m. April 21, according to sheriff's officials.
After using crowbars to bypass a security gate, the group ransacked the business, then fled in a minivan and a four-door sedan.
Surveillance cameras captured images of the burglars and their getaway vehicles, a mid-size four-door sedan and a minivan.
Investigators believe the same criminal crew may have committed similar break-ins at other Southern California businesses that deal in antique coins.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.