Cops Follow Trail of Coins to Thief's House
Burglar swiped spare change along with computer, guns, sword
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2013 7:05 PM CDT
Why don't they put these things in giant sacks with dollar signs on them anymore? Did they ever do that?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Burglary pro tip of the day: You're not going in for the spare change. This lesson appears to have been lost on Michael Sherman. When police responded to a burglary call at his neighbor's Vero Beach, Florida, house they found roughly 40 coins strewn on the ground outside it, forming a distinct trail leading to Sherman's house ... and a large amount of change just happened to be among the items reported stolen, WPBF reports.

When police searched Sherman's house, they found more of the neighbor's property, including ammunition and a computer that had been buried in the backyard. Also stolen were a pistol, two rifles, and a samurai-style sword. Sherman confessed to the theft when questioned, saying he sold the guns to buy the prescription painkiller Dilaudid, WPTV reports.