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GA man charged in theft of rare coins

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DALTON, GA (WRCB) - The Dalton Police Department charged 37-year-old London Harris of Smyrna, GA with felony theft in connection with a November incident in which he stole rare coins valued at approximately $37,000 from a Dalton store.  

Harris was arrested in late December by the DeKalb County Police Department which contacted Dalton investigators.

Dalton Police tell Channel 3 that the theft happened November 17 at Dalton Stamp and Coin at on West Waugh Street. A suspect identified as  Harris came in to the store and began asking the owner about rare coins. 

Investigtors say the owner showed the suspect between 70 and 80 coins in a box. During the conversation, the suspect distracted the owner by asking to see something under the counter and concealed the box of coins under his jacket. 

The suspect then told the store owner that he had to go back to his car to get his credit card to make his purchase.

On November 25, surveillance images of the incident and also a similar crime from Fort Oglethorpe were released and investigators from other agencies recognized the suspect and contacted Dalton Police to report the same suspect had pulled similar thefts from collectors in their areas.  

Investigators tell Channel 3 that Harris is suspected of thefts in at least six jurisdictions in Georgia and also has a warrant for his arrest in Ohio where he lived before moving to Georgia.

On December 26, DeKalb County Police notified Dalton Police that Harris had been arrested at the North Lake Mall. A store owner there recognized him as a suspect in a previous theft and contacted police.  

Harris was booked into the Whitfield County Jail on January 13 on a Dalton Police Department warrant for felony theft.  
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