Long Island burglars target jug of coins

November 8, 2008 4:02:05 PM PST
Police say three armed thieves stormed into a Long Island home to steal a water jug full of loose change.Suffolk County police say the masked suspects descended on the East Patchogue home around 2 a.m. Saturday.

Outside they came across the 51-year-old owner, who had gone out to buy milk for breakfast. Police say the burglars roughed him up before breaking in.

Detective Sgt. Daniel Molloy says the bandits then went straight for an upstairs bedroom where the coins were kept in a big water bottle. He says they broke down the door, grabbed the heavy jug and fled.

Six people were in the home at the time.

Molloy says the family wasn't sure how much money was in the jar but had been saving the coins for some time.

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