A sports card trading business in the Spokane Valley has been robbed twice in the last six months to the tune of $30,000.
The owner, Adam Bisson says that whoever broke in wasn't just familiar with his store, but everything inside. He remembers the morning of the first robbery well.
"I walk around the corner and I find my shop in total disarray," he said. "The windows are broken open and I pretty much collapsed on the floor because I couldn't believe what I walked in to."
The thief ransacked the place, but it was hardly random. They targeted valuable vintage football and baseball cards and celebrity autographed items, some of which ended up in another shop in Coeur d'Alene.
Detectives tracked down the man who sold them, but couldn't prove he was the thief.
Bisson says he was almost ready to give up.
"I was ready to just lock the door and walk away but then the spirit takes over and realize if we do then the typical adage of 'the bad guy wins' is true and I don't want that," he said.
Bisson says he believes the second break-in was done by the same person, likely someone who frequents the store. Sadly he's given up on finding his lost merchandise, but says he hopes the trading card community will keep their eyes open.
"If they're out there and they see a card for sale or for trade, just let somebody know," he said. "Let me know, let the sheriff's department know, because there are still a lot of cards out there that were my cards."
Bisson says all the stolen cards were marked with unique pricing stickers. Anyone with information should call Detective Darin Staley at (509) 477-3363.