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Another page in the book on really dumb criminals
« on: April 06, 2009, 11:18:45 PM »
Woman arrested in theft of coins

WASHINGTON CITY - Washington City Police arrested Emily Cammack, 24, of Washington City on Wednesday on a theft charge in a case that gained attention nationwide after she allegedly exchanged 14 rare gold coins at a bank for face value.

Cammack was booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility on a second-degree felony charge and bail was set at $10,000 after she allegedly stole the coins from an unidentified victim.

Police and Zions Bank officials had been seeking the woman who exchanged the coins at a Washington City branch on March 16 after informing a bank teller that she was in the process of buying groceries at a nearby Wal-Mart and that the store wouldn't accept the coins.

The double eagle coins were exchanged at face value of $20 each, so Cammack received $280, but at today's gold prices the coins would be worth at least $900 apiece. Some of them date back to the late 1800s.

"When it first occurred, it was handled internally by the bank," said Lt. Ed Kantor of the Washington City Police Department.

Although no crime was known to have occurred, an information report was begun by the police department as officials sought the woman to determine if something was amiss.

"One of our employees recognized (Cammack) when she again went in this week," said Zions Bank Executive Vice President Rob Brough. "(The employee) called security and our security was able to talk to her."

Brough said the bank's security passed its information on to the police department.

Kantor said the police were able to use that information to identify and locate the suspect.

"Emily had befriended the daughter of the victim through the Internet and had come to Washington from Missouri (and) ... had been staying at the victim's home," said Police Chief Jim Keith in a statement.

"The victim did not know that he was missing the gold coins until contacted by Washington City Police officers on April 1," he said.

Keith said Cammack admitted to police that she found the coins in the home and took them to the bank to cash them in.

Cammack still had a 15th coin in her possession, Kantor said.

The coins are now being kept in the bank's vault until the police complete their investigation.

"We're just working with local authorities and as soon as they give us the go-ahead to give them back, they'll go back to the original owner," Brough said.

Brough lauded the employee who helped to resolve the case.

"Certainly we are very appreciative of their efforts to be attentive to what was taking place," he said. "That someone was able to identify who she was made a big difference to the Washington police's investigation."

Brough said the teller who initially received the coins no longer works for the bank, but could not comment on the circumstances surrounding the employee's departure.

Source: The Spectrum
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.