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Charles Arp steals $15,000 in collectibles from brother-in-law to settle score over his late father-in-law's estate, police say

Published On: May 03 2013 02:45:45 PM CDT
Updated On: May 03 2013 06:31:18 PM CDT
LOWER MOUNT BETHEL TWP., Pa. -

A man stole collectible coins and trading cards from the early 1900s from his brother-in-law's home because he was unhappy with the handling of his late father-in-law's estate, officials said.

Charles D. Arp took the valuables, worth an estimated $15,000, from a file cabinet in his brother-in-law's home in Belvidere, Warren Co., N.J., around 4 p.m. Wednesday, after his brother-in-law left to pick up his daughter from school, officials said, adding that Arp was at the home to do yard work.

At about 1:15 p.m. Thursday, the brother-in-law confronted Arp about the missing items at Arp's apartment in the Riverton Hotel, 7758 Belvidere Martins Creek Highway, Lower Mount Bethel Twp., Northampton Co., and later located the cards and coins there, officials said.

When police were called around 1:45 p.m., Arp admitted to stealing items and said he did so because he "felt bad" that his wife "did not get any property" after his father-in-law passed away, officials said.

Arp, 34, was arraigned on a receiving stolen property charge and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $15,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. May 16.