Security video shows 2 thieves smashing car into store to steal valuable coins

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Within just two minutes, two thieves managed to smash into a business and grab thousands of dollars worth of valuables early Wednesday. Every moment was recorded on security cameras.

"I always knew this was going to happen. I just can't imagine it was today," said Kelly Eddington, owner of R and K Coin.

Security cameras were recording when a black or dark blue sedan, likely a Nissan Maxima, rammed into R & K Coin on West Sunshine Street, a block west of Campbell Avenue, around 5 a.m. Wednesday. In the video, two hooded men can be seen running inside and smashing the glass cases with hammers, grabbing valuable coins and currency, and throwing it into their bags.

"This town is full of criminals. Slap 'em on the hand, 'Now you boys know better than that.' Yeah right, off of my dollar," Eddington said.

In just under two minutes, the pair of crooks managed to load up thousands worth of items that can't be replaced.

"American history. The history behind it all. All these years. All these what made this country what it is today," Ellington said.

Police said they are also relying on witnesses from nearby businesses, including workers and customers at the McDonald's restaurant next door, to help them catch the criminals.

"It's hard to keep us down. We're going to come back in full force," Ellington said.

Cameras also recorded a second vehicle at the back of the business: a white Ford Focus.

The store owner says he plans to reopen by next week.