Son puts valuable coins stolen from father through Coinstar to buy crack: Torrington police

TORRINGTON — Police said a man stole a valuable coin collection from his father and put it through a Coinstar machine at a local supermarket in order to get money to buy crack cocaine.

Police said Leonard Rinaldi, 53, of Torrington, was  arrested on larceny charges in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars worth of valuable coins from his father.

The coins, worth $8,000, were reported stolen on October 11. Police said Rinaldi told them he stole the coins, took them to a CoinStar machine at a Stop and Shop and received approximately $60 dollars for them. He then told police he used the money to buy crack cocaine. Police said he has a lengthy criminal record. He was living at home with his father at the time of the theft.

Authorities said they have video of Rinaldi at the CoinStar machine and that many of the coins – that were not rejected by the machine because of their silver content – have been recovered. Police said they don’t know where the  rejected coins ended up.

Rinaldi is being held on $10,000 bond and is due back in court on December 14 to enter a plea.