Jug with Thousands of Dollars in Coins Stolen in Greenpoint, Police Say

By Nikhita Venugopal on March 25, 2014 1:39pm 

 About $3,000 to $5,000 in coins stored in a jug was stolen from a Greenpoint man March 23, police said. 
About $3,000 to $5,000 in coins stored in a jug was stolen from a Greenpoint man March 23, police said. 
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GREENPOINT — A five-gallon jug containing thousands of dollars in coins — potentially weighing more than 200 pounds — was stolen from a Greenpoint home March 23, police said.

The victim, a 37-year-old man, said the jug was about one-third full with “mostly” quarters and valued between $3,000 and $5,000, according to police.

Based on the weight of a quarter set at 5.67 grams, according to the U.S. Mint, the haul would mean anywhere from 12,000 to 20,000 coins, weighing from 150 to 250 pounds, assuming that they are all quarters.

The man left his basement apartment around 8:50 p.m. to go to the store. When he returned about 9:40 p.m., the jug and money were missing.

Police said the front and room door were both left unlocked and ajar, according to the victim.

Other notable incidents from the 94th Precinct, according to police, include:

►  A 2012 Porsche Cayenne was taken from a 35-year-old man in Williamsburg between 11 and 11:55 p.m. on March 20. The victim said that his company’s policy was to leave the vehicle unlocked and store the keys inside. Police did not provide information on the type of company the victim works for. The SUV can cost between $51,000 and $80,000, according to U.S. News and World Report.

►  A 2013 Christini motorcycle was stolen from Greenpoint on March 11. The owner of the vehicle said that he had the only spare key and he had locks on the wheels. Christini motorcycles can cost between about $7,995 to more than $9,000, according to the company’s website.

► Cash, a laptop and a gold chain were stolen March 20 from a Williamsburg home around 10 a.m. The 54-year-old victim was lying down when she heard footsteps in her kitchen. While she did not notice anything missing at the time, when she returned home from work around 5 p.m., she found that the valuables were missing from the basement where the door was unlocked.

The basement rectory of a Williamsburg church was broken into after someone cut the master lock on a rear gate between 4 p.m. March 19 and 7 a.m. March 20. No property was stolen from the church but the light switch in the basement was left on and the boiler was switched off.

►  Cash, an iPhone, wallet, credit cards and identification cards were stolen from a 24-year-old man near the Graham Avenue subway station March 11 between 2:30 and 2:40 a.m. The victim had been returning to Williamsburg from Manhattan, where he had been drinking at a bar, when a thief grabbed the valuables from his hand and fled. The victim was intoxicated and did not remember the name of the Manhattan bar. 

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