File this story under “world’s dumbest criminals.” This one’s a doozy.
Three thieves broke into an Oregon man's shed and stole tools, two safes with approximately 50 to 60 lbs. of silver and jewelry inside and a coin collection worth thousands of dollars. However, instead of cashing in on the full value of their ill-gotten goods, the thieves first headed over to the nearest Coinstar machine and tried to exchange the coins for cash.
A Coinstar machine. Thousands of dollars worth of rare, valuable coins. No joke. Did they at least get a sizable payout? Nope: they got a whopping $450.
Making matters worse, police say one of the thieves is the son of the man they robbed.
"The crooks were idiots, just simply an idiot," said Dan Johnson, Sr., the owner of the coins.
Deputies said Dan Johnson, Jr., along with two other suspects, broke into the outbuildings on Christmas. Yes, Dan Johnson Jr. robbed his father on Christmas day, stole jewelry, silver and his coin collection and then tried to jam the coins into a Coinstar machine.
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"To not know the value of what they had taken, just to get pocket change for it. Makes me feel good he was a stupid person and didn't realize what he had," Johnson said.
Yeah, he's talking about his son.
The Coinstar machine wouldn't take some 500 silver quarters the burglars had stolen; they carted those off to the bank, KPTV reports.
Luckily, Johnson has been able to recover portions of his collection.
Once the theft was reported, the bank contacted Johnson and returned the coins. As for the ones they put in the machine, Johnson -- with the help of some friends -- has been able to recover portions of his collection by going through the coins deposited in the Coinstar receptacle.
"It was an inheritance, which made it even worse because I lost an inheritance that was meant to go forward for my children and grandchildren," he said.
And it's safe to say that Johnson is just a little peeved with his son (who's still at large) and has no problem with the idea of Jr. being put behind bars.
"I feel much better and I'm hoping that they'll be off the street for a long time. I don't want them to be around anybody else," Johnson said.