Couple's $30,000 in coins stolen

Williamston - Deputies say a family in Martin County had an estimated $30,000 worth of coins stolen from their house Sunday.

Barbara and Theodore Bowen were out of the house for about an hour and a half.  In that time, Martin County deputies say thieves broke into the couple's home on Prison Camp Road in Williamston and stole a jar of loose change, as well as a large number of silver dollars.

"Everything was left very neat, there was not anything left hanging out of a drawer or anything like that. They were very professional," Barbara Bowen said. The Bowens have lived in the home for 46 years.

"I think they looked in the closets as they went," Bowen said.

Bowen said the thieves broke in through a side window and searched closets in two bedrooms. They found the coins and then used one of the couple's suitcases to take the money out of the window.

Authorities said the suit case was dark blue and the theft happened sometime between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office is offering up to a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.

If you have any information, call the Martin County Sheriff's Office at (252) 789-4500 or Martin County Crimestoppers at (252) 792-8800.

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