Police now have a name and face to go with the fingerprints they found after a Pennsylvania dealer was robbed in an attack earlier this spring.
Two months after a Montoursville, PA sports card dealer was attacked by a crowbar wielding man outside his home, police there have a suspect–they just need to locate him.
Investigators are looking for 28 year-old David Baney. According to police, Baney’s fingerprints were found at the scene and owner Ronald Aderhold identified Baney as the man who hit him in the head with a crowbar and stole nearly $50,000 worth of vintage baseball cards.
Aderhold told police a man entered his home-based sports memorabilia business, posing as a customer and started chatting with the owner about some of his vcards.
Aderhold said he thought the man in his early 20s was interested in buying some of the more valuable cards.
"And then all of sudden, he stands up and goes, ‘Okay, this is a robbery’," Aderhold told the local ABC-TV affiliate, WNEP at the time.
"I ran out of the shop, into the house and he ran after me and tackled me and hit me over the head with the crowbar. I’m lucky I’m not dead. He could have hit me a number of times. He only hit me once."
Aderhold suffered a cut on his head. He ran for help but by the time the call was made and officers dispatched, the attacker was gone.
Among the stolen cards were a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle valued at approximately $8,000, as well as an essentially complete run of Mantle regular issue Topps cards from 1953 to 1969, a 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan rookie card, 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie, 1951 Bowman Duke Snider, 1956 Topps Roberto Clemente and Ted Williams, 1957 Topps Willie Mays, 1958 Topps Aaron, 1962 Topps Clemente, 1966 Topps Mays, four Cal Ripken Junior rookie cards (regular issue and rookie/traded) and a 1984 Fleer Update Roger Clemens. Several less valuable cards were also taken.