Harry Collins, owner of Collins Coins, killed in botched armed robbery in Louisiana May 1

Published : 05/02/14
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Investigators in Monroe, La., say they have no idea if anything was taken in what appears to be a botched armed robbery at Collins Coins resulting in the death of Harry Collins, owner of the coin shop, on May 1.

Monroe Police say Collins, born in 1947, was doing business from a home at 602 Hudson Lane, in a mixed residential/business area of Monroe.

According to an unnamed witness who was across the street at the time, three black males went into the entry way of the business late in the afternoon on May 1, shots were fired, and all three suspects exited the building.

Collins died during surgery following the robbery.

Police investigators say every room of the residence was filled with loose coins, boxes of U.S. and world coins, framed paper money, and samurai swords. The business had no alarm system or cameras, according to investigators.

As of May 2, police had been unable to find next-of-kin, and they request information from the public.

Anyone with information about Thursday’s incident is urged to contact Sgt. Clark of the Monroe Police Department at 318-329-2204 or Crime Stoppers at 318-388-2274. In major cases, Crime Stoppers can pay up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest or grand jury indictment, according to authorities.

Information can also be shared with Doug Davis, founder of the Numismatic Crime Information Center at 817-723-7231 or by sending him an email at doug@numismaticscrimes.org.

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