Card Shop Smash and Grab in California; Bimbo Coles’ Storage Unit Break In

The owners of a sports card store in Sonora, CA were the victims of a smash and grab burglary early Tuesday. Police say a school bus driver called the Sonora Police Department and reported that he saw two men exiting through the front broken window of BJ’s Cards and Collectables, located at 45 S. Washington Street, carrying bags.

The men got into a van parked in front of the business and drove off eastbound. Two other witnesses contacted the police department and provided information regarding the suspects and their vehicle.

Owner Sherril Wiley says the men weren’t in the store long and left more valuable cards in display cases but did manage to get away with coins, boxes of sports cards and other items. The store’s front door had to be replaced. The total value of what was taken isn’t known.

One of the subjects is described as being a black male, wearing sunglasses, with wavy or curly hair. The other subject is described as having a dark complexion with dark hair. Both are described as being heavy set. The vehicle is described as being an older white Chevy Astro van, white in color with tinted back windows. It’s believed the men were from outside the Sonora area.

Former NBA player Bimbo Coles was the victim of a home break-in that resulted in the theft of several pieces of memorabilia.  Two people have been arrested in connection with the case. According to WVVA-TV, not far from where Coles starred at Virginia Tech, Melinda Donahue of Caldwell told police her son and step-brother broke into a shed belonging to Coles and stole the items.

The report says Donahue confessed to police she swapped the items for pills. Another man, Billy Joe Flora, admitted he bought items from the break-in, including a signed basketball card and autographed football, knowing they were stolen.

The stolen memorabilia is valued at an estimated $2,500.