Jeremy Anderton, a friendly jogger living in Ames, Iowa, has collected over $10,000 worth of coins in his lifetime.
Said Anderton, "You have no idea what you can find when there's nothing else worth searching for in your life."
Each day Anderton goes on an unusually long run in an effort to find more and more coins.
"It became such a strong habit," says friend Dan Ryan, "that he began missing it work."
In the winter months of 1992 Anderton would often come into work an hour or two late. This took a toll on his work performance. So what did he do? He started his runs earlier.
"I began getting up at 4:45 in the morning. It was hard to sleep knowing that all that change was just sitting out there."
He set a new challenge for himself: to find more money than the day before.
"That lasted about two weeks before he began resorting to petty theft," says Ryan, "I mean, how long would he have been able to last?"
His passion became an obsession, but like all good habits, it made him forget about the emptiness in his life left by the departure of his wife and three kids.
"It's strange, but that obsession helped him through some tough times," says Ryan, "but it was also that same obsession that drove them away. I don't think he sees that."
"I don't," says Anderton.
After a month of robbing hot dog stands at little league fields, Anderton was finally caught. Soon, however, he was let go after promising to fix himself up.
Three hours later Anderton was again caught and booked on charges of manslaughter.
"I don't get it," he said after hearing the charges, "it was just a kid."
The officer proceeded to ask Anderton if he would ever do it again.
"No, I promise," said Anderton who was promptly released.