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Thief takes $19,500 worth of sports cards from mall

December 22, 1998|By DON AINES

SCOTLAND, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the theft of baseball and football cards worth an estimated $19,500 over the weekend from Chambersburg Mall.

"I didn't have my best stuff in there, thank God," said Kenneth Kerlin of Greencastle, Pa. One metal showcase containing cards worth about $1,000 was stolen from his display, he said.

Kerlin, who sells cards as a hobby, said they were on display in the concourse when they were taken between about midnight and 2 a.m. on Saturday. He said the stolen cards included a Mickey Mantle rookie year reprint and some Cal Ripken cards, but most were five years old or less.

The loss was greater for three other vendors, according to police.

The report said David P. Miller of Greencastle had two showcases stolen. The baseball and football cards inside were worth an estimated $10,000.

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Three showcases with $5,000 worth of cards belonging to William L. Green of Chambersburg, Pa., were taken. A showcase with $3,500 worth of cards was stolen from Timothy D. Bowser of Everett, Pa., the report said.

"They knew exactly what they were hunting," Kerlin said.

Mall General Manager Ron Formosa said he could not comment on the thefts and referred all questions to the state police.

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