Blaine man must repay parents for stolen coins


A Blaine man has been ordered to pay more than $75,000 after stealing his parents’ rare coin collection.

On February 19, a Whatcom County Superior Court judge ordered David Ryan O’Dell, 29, to pay his parents $75,651 for the stolen items. O’Dell’s parents, David and Lynn, reported the coins and some jewelry stolen from their home in Blaine last May. Detectives found 19 of the missing items had been pawned between October 2013 and May 2014, mostly outside the county.

O’Dell was booked into Whatcom County Jail on June 10 for first-degree theft and second-degree trafficking. He admitted to the theft, and said he received about $5,000 for the pawned items.

Among the stolen items were 25 rare Morgan dollars, two 1962 World’s Fair dollars, $7,000 in silver trade dollars and $42,000 worth of gold coins, according to the charging papers.

The court ordered O’Dell to undergo chemical dependency treatment for six months and serve two years of probation without using illegal drugs.

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