SANTA FE — Police said two people posing as workers hired to remove tree limbs from power lines, instead stole a 77-year-old widow’s $30,000 collection of gold coins.
The homeowner told police that she was talking with a woman claiming to be on site to cut the tree limbs when an unknown accomplice went into the house and took a large box and safe. The box and safe held a 25-year collection of gold and silver coins that belonged to the woman’s late husband.
The collection included proof sets from the 1990s and Krugerrand coins.
“I was very upset, and when I found out I was hysterical,” homeowner Elaine Harris said. “I can’t believe they got away with anything. It’s so heavy.”
The theft happened at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the 2900 block of Avenue L, but Harris didn’t notice the coins were missing until Wednesday, she said.
“(The thief) went through all my closets,” Harris said.
Harris described the first suspect as a 20-year-old Hispanic woman wearing jeans and a dark top and dark hair that was pulled back.
She said she was in the garage talking to the woman.
“She said she was going to get me some brochures to sign but never did,” Harris said. “They just got into the car and left.”
Police did not have a detailed description of the second person involved, but know it’s a man, Capt. Wayne Kessler said.
The suspects drove off in a small maroon car that Harris described as “old and dirty.”The theft comes about a week after burglars broke into a Santa Fe trailer home of a 65-year-old grocery store sacker and stole his $1,500 collection of quarters.
No arrests have been made in that case either, but after The Daily News reported on the crime, the community outpouring has been tremendous Ricki “Shorty” Locke said. So far he has been given $1,800 from people who wanted to help him after the theft.
Anyone with information on the theft should call Santa Fe police at 409-925-2000.