Thieves steal $35K worth of antique coins, silver

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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.

Video surveillance shows the suspects arriving at the business in a mid-size four-door sedan and a minivan.

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.

Video surveillance shows the suspects arriving at the business in a mid-size four-door sedan and a minivan.

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.

Sheriff's investigators say these four men burglarized the California Numismatic Funding business in Vista. The fifth suspect is not pictured.

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