Sheriff’s Office Recovers Stolen Coin Collection For Spokane Fam - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Sheriff’s Office Recovers Stolen Coin Collection For Spokane Family

SPOKANE, Wash. - Everybody has a hobby. After more than sixty years of collecting gold and silver coins, one can only imagine the heartbreak a Spokane man felt when he returned from running errands with his wife to learn someone had burglarized their home and stolen his coins.

"My older brother collected dogs, my younger brother collected horses and I collected coins," said Dennis Miller who started collecting coins as a Cub Scout project 60 years ago.

The Millers planned to use at least part of the collection to pay for their retirement.

"We're planning on moving to a retirement home in a couple years," he said.  "That (collection) would have put us up for six months."

So the family was thrilled to learn the investigators and prosecutors from Spokane County found at least part of the collection. The items were returned to the family on Thursday morning.

 "This is really gravy because we didn't expect anything back," he said.

Authorities recovered about $3,000 worth of coins and jewelry from the Miller family collection, including a high school class ring that belonged to Bette Miller.

The family plans to keep the collection in a bank safe deposit box to prevent another theft.

Dennis Miller wished to thank many members of Sheriff's Office and prosecutor's office who investigated his case.  He also wished to thank one of his neighbors who saw a suspicious car and described the burglar to detectives.

 KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.  

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