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March 11, 2014

Man accused of stealing $2K in coins

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A City of Lockport man is facing charges for reportedly taking $2,000 worth of coins last June, according to Lockport Police.

James E. Stahl, 45, 21 Scovel St., Apt. 6, was charged Tuesday with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny. He is scheduled to appear today in Lockport City Court.

Back on June 17, 2013, the victim, a Grove Avenue woman, told city police she received an anonymous phone call at about 8 a.m. Tuesday from an unknown man. The man reportedly told the victim, "Jimmy Stahl robbed you," then hung up.

After the call, the victim immediately began to look around the house, noticing a large metal popcorn bin that was full of change. The bin was emptied and returned to its spot in the victim's closet, police reported. No damage was found to either the exterior or interior of the house.

The bin had change and coins collected over the past 30 years, totaling about $2,000 and weighing 40 pounds, the victim reported to police.

Stahl had been hired by the victim to do a variety of home repairs over the past few years. While the victim reportedly said she never had an issue with Stahl before, he has called her on occasion at strange times during the night asking for cash. Stahl hadn't been hired in a while, the victim said.

Stahl was arrested at his home at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Officers reported Stahl was charged without incident and held without bail.

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