Police: Heirloom coins taken from Portland home

Suspect tells police man known to victim also involved in theft

Gary L. Gurnsey, 35, shown in a jail booking photo
Gary L. Gurnsey, 35, shown in a jail booking photo

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Thousands of dollars worth of family heirloom coins were taken during a ransack-style burglary, according to police and prosecutors.

Gary L. Gurnsey, 35, faces one count each of first degree theft and first degree burglary after entering a home in the 7400 block of Southeast Henderson Avenue, police said.

Officer Israel Hill took the report in September when the victim returned home from a 10 day vacation, court records show.

The home had been ransacked, police said. “Due to the destruction (the victim) could not determine all the missing items,” prosecutor Lauren Kemp wrote.

A floor mounted safe had been removed and broken into, court records show.

In addition to the coins, the victim told police that a flat screen TV, video game system, a DVD and CD collection, sewing machine, air conditioning unit and paper shredder were taken, police said.

The officer determined Gurnsey likely entered the home through a window air conditioning unit, Kemp wrote.

Earlier this month, police forensic testing revealed a latent fingerprint pulled from a coffee mug, court records show.

During a police interview, Gurnsey said he stole the DVDs and said another man, who knows the victim, was in on the theft.

Police said their investigation remains ongoing.

Gurnsey pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

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