A pretty serious vent to our latest sports memorabilia crime report, which includes a couple of burglaries and even an execution.
Convicted double murderer Gregory Bryant-Bey, 53, was executed by lethal injection, 15 years after being sentenced to death for the killing of Dale Pinkelman, who owned a Toledo, OH sports memorabilia and coin collectors’ shop in 1992.
Pinkelman’s body was found in the back of the shop known as Pinky’s Collectibles. He was stabbed once in the chest during the robbery.
“His life was taken by a man who had so little value for life that he was willing to kill my father for less than $200,” Kelly Clark, Pinkelman’s daughter, told members of the Ohio parole board.
A Harrington, Maryland man faces burglary charges after allegedly stealing $7,000 worth of baseball cards from a sports card shop.
The Laurel Police Department charged 29 year-old Robert Rust for the November 3 burglary at Salisbury Sports Cards.
Investigating officers found that someone had cut the lock off the door and removed about $7,000 in sports cards. Rust, according to officers, quickly attempted to sell them to other area dealers. Police say Rust confessed to the crime during an interview and assisted the police in recovering all of the stolen property.
An Aliquippa, PA man is facing charges for breaking into three Center Township houses and stealing, among other things, some unopened boxes of sports cards.
Caleb Stokes, 20,has been charged with six counts each of criminal trespass, burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and loitering and prowling at night. On Halloween night, Stokes drove his vehicle to a cemetery and walked the neighborhood, forcing open a door and then taking a computer monitor, laptop computer, $1,350 in cash, multiple gift cards, boxes of unopened baseball cards, an Xbox game system and games, food and an antique coin collection, police said.