Dumb Kid? Thief Swipes New Cards, Leaves Vintage

A Canadian collector is half bummed but half relieved. A burglar stole a pile of cards but left the good stuff.

Someone broke into Roy Pittman’s house in Ontario and made off with about 1600 hockey cards, including a bunch of Wayne Gretzky and Patrick Roy. He placed a value on the missing cards at about $10,000.

It could have been worse. Luckily, Mr. Sticky Fingers was no sports encyclopedia, bypassing some nice vintage cards Pittman says were worth a lot more including Mickey Mantle and Bobby Orr rookies.

Meanwhile, a Pittsburgh man picked the wrong man to help him move. According to the Post-Tribune, Jason John Lott, 26, of Pheasant Drive, Penn Hills, waived his preliminary hearing Jan. 19 on charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Penn Hills police arrested Lott on Oct. 27, accusing Lott of taking sports collectible cards valued between $4,000 to $5,000 from a Pennview Drive resident. Police said Lott was helping the man move, and the cards were in Lott’s truck.

They also say Lott sold several of the cards to a Monroeville collectibles dealer.