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The E-Sylum:  Volume 8, Number 16, April 17, 2005, Article 20

COINS STOLEN IN THE U.K. MAILS RECOVERED

In yet another April 14th story: "An airport worker who stole
three rare gold dollars worth 32,000 from a DHL package
then tried to sell them on eBay was spared jail today.

Teddy Ejezie, 37, was working as a cargo loader at East Midlands
airport when the package containing three US gold dollars dating
back to 1857 came through en route to Switzerland.

The coins had been ordered from the States by a Swiss collector
who had paid just over 32,000 for them. But Ejezie stole them
from the package in December 2003 and they never reached
their destination."

"They were US dollar gold coins dating between 1857 and 1882.
The coins were shipped from Minneapolis via East Midlands
airport and had been due to go on to Brussels then to Switzerland.
By the time the package got to Brussels the coins had been
removed."

"The first coin was brought by an American collector based
in Hawaii but when another one was advertised, this time
worth 27,000, he became suspicious.

An investigation was launched and the trial led back to Ejezie.
A search of his home recovered all three coins.

At first he claimed he had brought them in a pub for 80 but
later pleaded guilty to theft, converting criminal property and
attempting to convert criminal property."

To read the full story, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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