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Police: Stolen rare coins ended up in change machines

4 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago Friday, February 22 2019 Feb 22, 2019 February 22, 2019 2:51 PM February 22, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: The Palm Beach Post

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida man stole collectible coins worth tens of thousands of dollars, then ran them through grocery store change machines that returned just a fraction of their value.
 
The Palm Beach Post report s 20-year-old Shane Anthony Mele of Riviera Beach told investigators he stole the commemorative presidential dollar coins and other items from a North Palm Beach office in December.
 
The coins were worth $33,000. A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrest report says Mele sold some coins for a few thousand dollars, and he ran many through change machines that only produced their face value.
 
Mele was charged Feb. 1 with grand theft along with unrelated drug charges. He was released Feb. 4 after posting bond. Jail records didn't show whether he had an attorney.
 

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