The theft happened in the middle of the night and it must have taken several hours to complete.
The thieves bypassed an impenetrable looking vault door, and instead dropped into the vault through the ceiling after meticulously drilling through 8-inches of concrete and rebar.
Coin dealer, Ron Swiney, believes they used a rotary hammer drill. In a Texas CBS11tv.com report, Swiney was quoted as saying,
“They were $1,000 – $3,000 a piece. They knew exactly what they were looking for I think.”
A surveillance camera was present, but the thieves cut it during the heist of the many trays of coins. They were apparently in such a rush after gaining entry that dropped coins, even if expensive, were simply left on the ground.
Coin dealers are asked to be on the look out for the stolen coins.