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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 6, February 5, 2006, Article 11

POLICE ON TRAIL OF FLORIDA COIN THIEVES

The Herald of Bradenton, FL reported that police have some
suspects in one of the recent robberies of people returning
from coin conventions:

"Local investigators said Wednesday they believe they are
getting closer to the trail of the robbers who stole $200,000
worth of collector's coins last month.

Two men recently released from federal prison for pulling
a similar $1.8 million heist in Nebraska in 1999 top the
list of suspects, Manatee County Sheriff's Office investigators
said Wednesday. Also, detectives have collected a blood sample
from another theft that may yield DNA evidence.

A Southwest Florida couple were on their way home from a coin
convention in Orlando when they were robbed at a Bradenton
Waffle House on Jan. 7.

A green car stopped behind the couple's silver Mercedes,
and three men wearing ski masks jumped out and attacked the
man, according to a sheriff's office report. They fought the
victim for the key to the car, where two metal briefcases
filled with rare coins and gold bullion were stowed."

"It happens all the time," Fitzwater said of thefts after
a major coin or jewelry convention. "They target people who
didn't have security guards."

"The thieves, who are Russians, were sentenced in federal
court to 24 months and 27 months in prison respectively,
Fitzwater said. They were released from prison last October
and December."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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