The video is chilling to anyone who owns a sports card shop. Two men, walking almost leisurely around display cases and shelves, putting thousands of dollars in sports cards and memorabilia into cloth bags in the dead of night.
Rookies and Stars, a shop located in Avenel, New Jersey, was burglarized on August 8. On Monday, the company posted surveillance video of the crime on their Facebook page, in hopes that someone would be able to identify the two suspects.
The shop lost a wide variety of items, ranging from PSA graded cards to autographed helmets during the burglary, which took place between 2:30 and 3:30 AM.
The video provides a relatively good look at the two suspects including a close up shot of one who suddenly realizes he’s been caught on a security camera. He’s a heavyset man with a tattoo of a bearded man showing through a sweat-soaked shirt.
A local police detective has been assigned to the case.
Among the individual cards stolen were:
2011-12 SP Authentic SOTT FIVES Auto Nugent-Hopkins Hall Tavares Stamkos Kane #4/8
1957 Topps #95 Mickey Mantle Yankees Card – PSA 7 Serial #20036109
2012 Elite Andrew Luck Auto Black Card #’d 46/99
1959 TOPPS #469 HUSTLER BANKS WINS M.V.P. AWARD – Set Break – PSA 9 (serial #19879036
2011-12 Upper Deck Ice Rookie Card #104 Sean Couturier #’d 74/99
According to the shop owner, many of the stolen cards had a yellow ‘clearance’ price sticker on them along with identifying information. If you spot any of the stolen items or know who might be involved, call Woodbridge (NJ) Police Detective Tina Small at (732) 602-7396.