Suspect arrested in theft of rare coins

Sheriff's deputies have made an arrest in a burglary in which $70,000 in antique coins and watches were reported stolen from a home near Williams last week.

Derick Lee Sewell, 21, was arrested Wednesday as he showed up for court on an unrelated crime, Jackson County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

Sewell is accused of breaking into a home in the 17000 block of Highway 238 in Williams on May 13 or May 14.

The victim told deputies that his wallet and two framed shadow boxes were stolen. Inside the shadow boxes were 12 antique pocket watches and antique coins valued at $70,000.

The oldest of the stolen coins dates to 1528, and eight other coins, from the 17th and 18th centuries, are made of sterling silver, Carlson said.

The stolen pocket watches include two Patek Philippe watches, a Cartier watch, a Vacheron Constantin and others that were purchased at auction between 1991 and 1994.

Carlson said that Sewell admitted to the burglary when questioned by sheriff's investigators who confronted him at the Jackson County Circuit Court building.

Sewell was scheduled for arraignment for a previous arrest for harassment, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary and aggravated theft. He remains lodged on $30,000 bail.

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