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$3,000 In Rare Coins And Bills Stolen Near Austin

AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies in Mower County in southern Minnesota are looking for the burglar who stole $3,000 in collectible coins and bills from a woman in Austin Township over the weekend.

Chief Deputy Mark May tells the Austin Daily Herald the 62-year-old woman left her house Sunday morning and when she got back that afternoon the coins and bills were gone.

May says the burglar apparently got inside by prying open a door on the second floor.

Among the stolen items was a lock box carrying many wheat pennies, mercury dimes and collector’s nickels. Rare $20 and $10 bills are also missing.

The woman says her dogs normally intimidate anyone who comes near the property, unless those dogs know the person.

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