Thieves got $450 for a coin collection worth up to $4,000
by: Contributed photo Dan Oliff Johnson Jr

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives are seeking a suspect who allegedly stole 50 to 60 pounds of silver and jewelry and a valuable coin collection during a Christmas burglary in Corbett.

Dan Oliff Johnson Jr., 27, and two other suspects allegedly broke into a shop next to a residence in Corbett sometime between Christmas Eve and Christmas morning and took numerous tools and two safes, which contained the silver and jewelry.

Detective Ken Yohe said the safes also contained a collection of historic coins worth $2,000 to $4,000, which included at least 500 buffalo nickels.

Yohe said the two other suspects in the burglary have been identified and are cooperating with investigators.

Yohe said police were able to recover most of the silver and jewelry. The suspects deposited the coin collection into a Coinstar machine in Gresham and received about $450, Yohe said.

The victim and police are going through the Coinstar machine to identify and retrieve the coins, Yohe said.

Johnson is 5-foot-11-inches tall and 165 pounds. He is homeless and believed to be couch surfing in the Gresham, Fairview and Troutdale areas.

Anyone with information about Johnson is asked to call Yohe at 503-251-2515.

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