Recovered: much of bungled Ore. silver, coin heist

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CORBETT, Ore. (AP) -- Thieves who broke into an Oregon man's shed, taking safes filled with jewels, silver bricks and valuable coins, quickly started making mistakes.

Multnomah County sheriff's officers believe the trio made off with silver coins and bricks worth more than $20,000, jewelry worth $25,000 and about $7,000 in rare coins and other currency. Now some of that loot is being recovered.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/YpP6li) the thieves thought much of the jewelry was fake -- and tossed it. Other items were pawned, leaving a trail.

Detective Ken Yohe says they took more than 50 pounds of coins to a grocery coin-counting machine, which gave them a voucher for $450. The machine spit out the silver coins, which the suspects traded for bills at a Bank of America branch. But a bank employee noted the coins were silver, and old, and set them aside, making it easy for officers to later recover them.

Now property owner Dan Johnson Sr. is sorting through the coin-counting machine's contents to recover his valuable coins.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com