Rare coins missing after business fire

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TECUMSEH, Mich (WTVG) -- As if the loss of two businesses is not enough, the loss of something else is sparking a separate criminal investigation.

"There's really nothing left. When they started pulling walls down we knew that was the end of it," says Jan Fox, the owner of Grey Fox Floral on South Evans Street in Tecumseh, MI.

Jan and her husband Gary had owned the flower shop 46 years, including more than four decades in its current location, a house that's more than 100 years old.

Monday morning at about 4:20AM, fire ripped through the house, destroying the business the Foxes had built.

"Lot of the heat was intense, lot of the metal's bent and stuff. So, we can't even salvage some of our tables," added Jan.

Not only are the items damaged, some of them are simply missing.

Those items belonged to Gary's side business, Tecumseh Coins, which he opened roughly 10 years ago and operated under the same roof as Grey Fox Floral.

After the fire, the Foxes immediately noticed Gary's safe was open and his rare coins were gone.

"It's a an extensive collection," explains Tecumseh's Deputy Police Chief Brett Coker, "and with the damage, you know, they're still inventorying and sifting through the damage to try to figure out how much is missing."

The Foxes also rented space to 30 craft vendors who lost their inventory as well.

On top of that, they have flower deliveries coming in for Easter. If you have already ordered flowers, Grey Fox Floral is temporarily setting up shop in a former landscaping building down the street.

But the bigger concern for the Foxes is whether their businesses were targeted or this was a crime of opportunity.

If you have any information, Crimestoppers ot Lenawee County is asking you to come forward. You can contact Crimestoppers of Lenawee County online at the link:

Crimestoppers of Lenawee County

Phone: 517-266-6161 or 877-276-8477
Facebook: Crime Stoppers of Lenawee