Man charged in theft of $50,000 in coins
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
FROM LOCAL REPORTS
A 28-year-old Muskegon man has been charged with a breaking and
entering last summer that resulted in the theft of nearly $50,000 worth
of coins from a Norton Shores home.
James Edward Eller Jr., of 682 Evanston, faces 60th District Court
preliminary examination Wednesday on charges of first-degree home
invasion and safebreaking.
The incident was reported on July 13 in the 2800 block of Huizenga
Street. Police said earlier about 1,000 coins dating from the early
1800s were taken from a bedroom safe that was damaged during the theft.
A large number of uncirculated quarters and buffalo head nickels also
The night of the break-in, Officer Todd S***er went to Meijer Inc. and
obtained a surveillance video of a man who brought a large number of
coins to the store's automated coin-sorter, said Detective Gerald Mack.
The victim identified the man as an acquaintance, he said.
When police examined the coin machine, they found a large number of
uncirculated quarters and buffalo head nickels, Mack said. However, the
old coins have never been recovered.
A warrant for Eller was obtained, but he was never located. Mack said a
Grand Rapids-area police agency recently arrested Eller for breaking
and entering and possession of burglary tools.
Eller was arraigned in Muskegon on the two charges Dec. 21. In addition
to those charges, he faces a third-offense habitual offender count
based on convictions in 1995 for embezzlement and *** to
embezzle, according to his court file.