Suddenly, having her home by midnight doesn’t seem that important.
His daughter’s taste in men may be disappointing, but one Wisconsin man is feeling a little better about his local sheriff’s department these days.
Chippewa County lawmen arrested the boyfriend of a local vintage sports card collector’s daughter after a $54,000 collection vanished from the family’s safe.
39 year-old Anthony J. Candela of 204 E. Marshall St. in Boyd, WI, faces one count of burglary to a building and two counts of misdemeanor theft after confessing to the crime.
“Right from the start, we guessed it was an inside job,” Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk told the Eau Claire (WI) Leader-Telegram.
Candela told police he took the cards to pawn shops in northern Wisconsin cities and sold them. Sheriff’s officers recovered some of the cards at one location, but others had been sold.
According to the criminal complaint, David Dorn kept 23 three-ring binders in an unlocked four-foot-tall safe in the pantry area of the family’s home. Inside the binders were vintage baseball cards dating from 1887 through the 1960s. After realizing they were missing, Dorn contacted local authorities and Candela turned himself in and confessed about a week later. He told deputies he stole them from the Dorn home in December of 2007 when he was dating Dorn’s daughter, and then sold them to the pawn shops. Cadott, WI police helped track down some of the missing cards.
The burglary charge carries a maximum jail sentence of 12 1/2 years and a fine of $250,000. The theft charges carry a maximum nine month prison sentence and $10,000 fine.
Candela also faces charges of identity theft and carrying a concealed weapon, but it’s unclear if those are related to the sports card case. He is due in court again December 4.