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Missing coins lead to arrest of Corry man

By BRIAN FERRY

bferry@timesobserver.com

A Corry man has been charged with felony burglary for allegedly selling off his father’s rare coins during his convalescence following an illness.

When Daniel Kingsley returned home in June after almost two months in a hospital, he “realized that numerous rare, collectible coins, and cash, were missing from the residence,” according to the affidavit of probable cause. “The victim reported the value… as being approximately $35,000.”

Police investigated, including reaching out to entities that deal in rare coins.

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office “was able to determine through a computer program… that Mark Kingsley had… sold rare coins” to two entities in Erie. There were a total of six sales and police said the report indicated that Mark Kingsley received over $10,000 for hundreds of coins.

Police compiled a list of the coins sold and presented that list to Daniel Kingsley, who confirmed those were the coins he was missing, according to the affidavit. “The victim also stated no person or persons had any legal right or authority from him to enter into his residence, or to take any coins or valuables from his residence.”

Mark A. Kingsley, 42, of Corry, is charged with burglary; theft by unlawful taking; and receiving stolen property; all felonies.

Police called Mark Kingsley and asked him about the missing coins.

“The defendant stated at no time had he entered the victim’s residence,” according to the affidavit. “He also stated he never took any coins or anything from the residence, nor has he sold any coins.”

Kingsley was arraigned before District Justice Todd Woodin and taken to Warren County jail after failing to post $10,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.

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