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Police release photos of suspect wanted in rare coin robbery

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Posted at 11:05 PM, Jul 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-03 01:07:05-04

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah – A Salt Lake County man was roughed up, robbed and nearly run over while trying to sell rare coins.

Unified Police Department officials said the man posted online ads to sell some of his 1880s era silver dollars.

The victim met with a man who called himself Daniel at a McDonald's in Taylorsville, and the man followed him outside to complete the purchase. Officers say that’s when the suspect took the coins without paying and jumped into a car with another man, who drove off and nearly hit the victim.

Lt. Justin Hoyal, Unified Police Department, said the suspects were violent toward the victim during the robbery.

“These individuals certainly upped the ante in this case by punching the victim, knocking him down and taking property by force or fear, so we want to these individuals caught before they do this to someone else,” he said.

The first suspect, pictured in the photo gallery below, is described as a white or Middle Eastern man in his ‘20s. He is roughly 6-feet 2-inches tall and has short black hair. The driver of the getaway vehicle is described as a white or Middle Eastern man with tattoos on the right side of his neck and on both arms. The pair was in a silver Chrysler 300.

Anyone with information about the suspects are asked to contact the Unified Police Department.