April 18, 2017 10:29 PM
For the third time in three weeks, a local sports memorabilia store has been hit by thieves.
The owner of Twin Cities Sports Cards in Golden Valley told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that thieves broke into the business sometime late Monday night.
"They broke through our front window and made off with two large safes," owner Rob Hunegs said. "One of them was 150 pounds and the other safe was 300 pounds. They came in the window right where they were located and (went) right back out the same window. (They) were gone very quickly."
Hunegs said police asked him not to reveal the contents of the two safes. But he said his business was also hit by burglars last August.
"That heist we lost over $100,000 worth of merchandise, and so to have this happen less than a year later is devastating and heartbreaking," he said.
But Hunegs' shop is not the only one dealing with break-ins.
Last week, the owners of Ultimate Collectibles in Hopkins reported a similar burglary and told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they lost over $100,000 worth of vintage sports memorabilia.
And the owner of a third sports memorabilia store in Roseville, Three Star Sports Cards, reported a burglary three weeks ago.
The string of robberies have been similar in nature.
Hunegs said the owners have all talked with one another and wonder if these are more than coincidental incidents.
"We cannot prove it, but to have three sports memorabilia shops all hit by burglars within a three-week time frame seems awfully suspicious," he said. "We would not be surprised to find out they are connected."