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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 13, March 26, 2006, Article 24

NEW CHARGES EXPECTED IN ROOFERS BANKNOTE HOARD CASE

Dick Hanscom forwarded a link to the latest news in the tale
of the Massachusetts roofers who found a valuable cache of paper
money while working on a barn.

"Police say they are ready to take another attempt at charging
four men they say stole thousands of dollars in antique bills
from a Newbury barn and later fabricated a story about finding
buried treasure in a Methuen backyard.

Charges were dropped against the men a month ago when their
lawyers argued the police did not have enough evidence when
they arrested them.

Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon said the main problem was
clerical: The judge did not like the way the police report was
filed with the court, he said.

He said the police have been working with the District Attorney's
Office to compile a new report, which they will use to refile
the charges in the next two to three weeks."

"The four men were arrested last April after appearing on a
series of national television shows describing how they found
the money buried in Kevin Kozak's Methuen backyard.

Police said Billcliff, 28, of Manchester, N.H., and Tim Crebase,
24, of Methuen actually found the money stashed in the eaves of
a Newbury barn when Sylvia Littlefield, 75, hired them to repair
her roof. Billcliff and Crebase then convinced their friends
Kozak, 28, and Matthew Ingham, 23, of Newton, N.H., to
corroborate their story, the police said.

The trove of 1,800 antique bills dating from 1899 to 1928 had
a face value of about $7,000, but a coin dealer who had been
contacted by the roofers to appraise the money said he received
an offer of $400 per bill  a total of $720,000  from a collector."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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