While most people stayed home during Wednesday’s blizzard, someone took the opportunity to steal thousands of dollars worth of collectible paper currency from a Saint John coin store.

Someone smashed through the front door of Fundy Coins and Collectables and grabbed the bills. Police were called around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday.

Owner Steve Small said he suspects the thief, or thieves, have been in before and knew what they wanted.

Police say the storm provided excellent cover for criminals. The storm set off alarms at many businesses and at first police thought poor weather broke the window at Fundy Coins.

It was only when Small arrived that police learned something had been taken.

Fundy Coins and Collectables

Valuable paper bills were stolen from Fundy Coins and Collectables during Wednesday's blizzard. (CBC)

"Our investigators will be combing through the surveillance footage trying to depict who the person or persons responsible are for this," Saint John police Sgt. Jay Henderson said.

The owner of another collectibles store said it could be tough to get the bills back. Ross Harris, at Loyalist City Coins and Books, says he’s been targeted by thieves before.

"Very seldom get anything back," he said. "Usually it's disposed of pretty quickly and not usually around where you can get it. I don't think I've ever gotten anything back that was of any value."