Man ordered to pay parents $75k after stealing parents' coin collection

A man has been ordered to pay more than $75,000 to his parents after stealing their coin collection and selling the coins to pawn shops, according to sentencing documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.

David Ryan O’Dell, 29, pleaded guilty to stealing the collection and selling the coins to pawn shops in Bellingham, Everett and Auburn.

A Whatcom County Superior Court judge ordered him Thursday, Feb. 19, to pay $75,651 in restitution, which covers the cost of the coin collection and jewelry he stole from their home in Blaine.

The cost estimate of the lost items came from the parents, David Jim O’Dell and Lynn O’Dell. The coin collection included $42,000 worth of gold coins, a $7,000 silver trade dollar, 25 Morgan dollars, two 1962 World’s Fair dollars and dozens of others, said Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Nathan Deen.

David Ryan O’Dell also must undergo chemical dependency treatment for six months and serve two years probation without using illegal drugs.

In May 2014 the parents reported the coins and jewelry had been stolen. Detectives soon discovered the couple’s son had pawned 19 items between October 2013 and May 2014, most of them outside of Whatcom County, charging papers said.

In June, David Ryan O’Dell admitted to detectives that he stole the items and sold them to pawn shops, charging papers said. He said he pawned the coins and jewelry at different times and received about $5,000 total.