Thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was stolen from a local collectibles and sports memorabilia store this week.
James Pulliam, owner of Capital City Sports Cards, told CTV News he called police at 1 a.m. Thursday after being notified of the break-in by sensors in his glass storefronts.
He immediately went to his store to find shards of glass everywhere and the K9 unit combing the scene.
“It was heartbreaking in almost every aspect,” Pulliam said. “There were a lot of unique pieces in a lifetime that I will never see again.”
“I watched the video and the intruder came to get a signed Bobby Orr shirt in a beautiful setting,” he added. “I couldn’t really replace anything.”
A signed Wayne Gretzky jersey, binders filled with hundreds of vintage baseball cards and other sports cards were taken away, along with originally sealed Star Wars action figures – some dating back 30 to 40 years.
“People who watched the (surveillance) video said this guy had his eyes on these products and knew what he was getting,” he added. “So if he was a smart thief, he’ll probably know how to sell it too.
“Some of them have certified numbers, the Bobby Orr jersey has certification, but it’s easy to take it off, get rid of it.”
Signed and certified Bobby Orr jersey stolen from Capital City Sports Cards this week (provided).
Pulliam contacted local card and souvenir shops to keep an eye out for stolen items. He hopes some of the more unique and standout items can be spotted online or by shoppers.
“Vintage baseball cards, you don’t see them very often, so keep an eye out for that,” Pulliam said. “I imagine whoever stole it would piece them together, not sell them as binders, so I imagine it’s going to be very difficult.”
“The Bobby Orr jersey is a unique jersey so that one is key if anyone can help me find it,” added Pulliam.
CTV News has contacted police for more information.
With files from Alison MacKinnon and Steven Dyer of CTV News Edmonton