Troopers: Thieves Smash and Grab Yields $40,000 Worth of Sports Cards

A van full of sports cards was stolen from a parking lot outside Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, Pa., Sunday night.  Pennsylvania State Police say the owner of the full size van,  Joseph Hocevar, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was inside the casino at the time of the theft.

Troopers say the suspects, who may have followed Hocevar to the casino in a gold coupe with a sunroof and tinted windows, smashed a rear window and unlocked the door of the van to gain access.

Exactly what was stolen wasn’t revealed but news reports indicated the cards were “in their original packaging” which would indicate they were likely unopened boxes.

Police ask that anyone with information about this incident contact the Pennsylvania State Police Gaming Enforcement Office at (814) 217-6304.