Police investigating a reported disturbance at a Coventry apartment took a man into custody after finding rare coins stolen from Cranston Mayor Allan Fung’s vehicle more than seven years ago.
Robert Hunt, 48, was charged with receiving stolen goods and is currently being held at the ACI.
Coventry police said they responded to Hunt’s Woodland Drive apartment to investigate reports of a female screaming.
During the investigation, officers located the coins, as well as heroin, cocaine, scales, other drug paraphernalia and a sawed-off shotgun with ammunition.
According to police, the coin collection had a handwritten note on the back which read, “Presented by the Glen Woods Cranston Crime Prevention + Improvement Association to Mayor Allan Fung on June 24, 2010.”
Fung confirmed he had received them as a gift.
“This was just something that was lost for years,” Fung said. “And I would have never envisioned getting these back.”
When Hunt was questioned as to how he obtained the coins, he told police he had purchased them at a yard sale. Police then contacted Fung, who said the coins were stolen from his car during a break-in back in January 2011.
Fung said when police called him to tell him they had found his coins, he was taken aback.
“It was kind of a little bit of a shocking surprise,” Fung said. “I have quite frankly forgotten about these coins.”
Police said Hunt was previously arrested and charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun, possession of firearms by a convict in a crime of violence and possession of heroin and cocaine.
Fung said the coins will be put on display at Cranston City Hall where he intended to put them eight years ago.