The FBI has taken over the investigation of a rash of hobby shop thefts in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area last year and may be closer to cracking the case.
Four stores and another business that sold valuable cards by mail were burglarized over a few months, resulting in losses of over $250,000. One business had vintage graded cards of Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and other Hall of Famers stolen.
At least one suspect has now been identified, according to KSTP-TV. Investigators searched a home in Stillwater, MN last week looking for a person of interest and possible stolen merchandise. The same warrant also gave them permission to search another home in Blaine, MN where the suspect’s mother lives.
Rob Hunegs of Twin Cities Sports Cards says a DNA match helped locate one person believed to have been involved in the thefts at his store.
According to the report, investigators believe there is evidence that some of the stolen merchandise may have been sold on eBay and the seller uses the name ‘Jollytrailman’. If you’ve purchased items from this seller, you may want to contact the Minneapolis field office of the FBI.
You can watch KSTP’s story below.