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NEWS: Trucker missing and so is cargo of 3.6 million nickels Update: Nickels Found

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posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 12:27 AM
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The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank is missing 3.6 million nickels. Angel Ricardo Mendoza, 43, a truck driver was supposed to deliver the shipment to the Federal Reserve Bank in New Orleans. However, he has disappeared and his truck and trailer have been found abandoned at a truck stop in Florida. Local police and the FBI are investigating.
 


Update: 2/7/05 Nickels Found



MIAMI - Police hit pay dirt Friday, digging up 3.6 million nickels that disappeared in December along with a trucker who was supposed to deliver them to the Federal Reserve Bank in New Orleans.

Authorities found the $180,000 in coins buried in a 4-foot-deep hole in the property behind a suburban Miami home. The nickels, still stored in their Federal Reserve bags, were in a wooden box covered with a plastic tarp.

Nickels Found



www.cnn.com
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- A truck driver has disappeared with the 3.6 million nickels he was hauling to the Federal Reserve Bank in New Orleans, police said Friday.

Angel Ricardo Mendoza, 43, picked up the coins, worth $180,000, December 17 from the Federal Reserve in New Jersey and was supposed to haul the cargo -- weighing 45,000 pounds -- to New Orleans for a trucking company subcontracted by the Federal Reserve, police said.

On December 21, Mendoza's empty truck and trailer turned up at a truck stop in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Miami-Dade police, the FBI and the Federal Reserve police are investigating.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


I wonder why the Secret Service is not the lead investigator on this as they are attached to the treasury. The $180,000 is a decent haul, but this has to go down as one of the dumbest crimes in history. I mean where does he think he is going to spend it all? Also, don?t you think that these type of shipments at the very least would have a escort.




[edit on 5-2-2005 by ZeddicusZulZorander]




posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 12:30 AM
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Maybe the nickels were a cover for what was really stolen, a decent truck and trailer would almost be worth $180,000.



posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 12:30 AM
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I wonder why the Secret Service is not the lead investigator on this as they are attached to the charity


Charity? Is that what you call the Federal Reserve? Very fitting....lol



posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 12:36 AM
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Originally posted by Th0r
Maybe the nickels were a cover for what was really stolen, a decent truck and trailer would almost be worth $180,000.


They found the truck and trailer at the truck stop with the nickles missing. How much could that have weighted?



posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 12:37 AM
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About 45,000 pounds apparently according to your report Fred!



posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 12:37 AM
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Originally posted by stumason
Charity? Is that what you call the Federal Reserve? Very fitting....lol


Sorry
my bad I meant treasury



posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 12:45 AM
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LOL! Hmmm.....fredian slip there Fred?



posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 12:49 AM
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I can see the change sorting machines in the local grocery stores filled to the gills with nickles



posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 12:49 AM
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Wait....this just in...

This guy was just caught at the local florida Convience store, when he jammed the coinvenance stores Coinstar machine!



posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 01:27 AM
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Originally posted by FredT

Originally posted by Th0r
Maybe the nickels were a cover for what was really stolen, a decent truck and trailer would almost be worth $180,000.


They found the truck and trailer at the truck stop with the nickles missing. How much could that have weighted?


3.6 million nickels weighs approximately 39,000 pounds at 5 grams per nickel. This with the empty weight of the semi is under the 80K GVW weight limit for cargo without a special permit.

[edit on 9-1-2005 by ben91069]



posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 01:39 AM
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In any event, how the heck DO you fence 3.6 million nickel's ?!

That's going to be harder to do than stealing them !



posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 01:45 AM
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Originally posted by smirkley
In any event, how the heck DO you fence 3.6 million nickel's ?!

That's going to be harder to do than stealing them !


Thats why I think that this is the dumbest heists of all time. He had to plan it out as well, it was not a spur of the momnet thing. He had to have a forklift and another truck to carry the stuff in etc. As well planned crime, but poorly selected



posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 01:52 AM
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he shouldve gone for the notes, lol.


how stupid, (what's a nickel worth?? 5c, 10c, 50c??)

i wonder how much $$ is in 45,000Pounds of $1 notes



posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 01:52 AM
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I can only think of 2 explanations.

1. He took it for use in the casino's nickel slot machines.

2. The aliens took it for use in their warp drive.

[edit on 9-1-2005 by makeitso]



posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 01:53 AM
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Considering that Mr. Mendoza will have to be on the run from the law forever... $180,000 isn't that much money at all. Sure... I can see where someone would steal a couple million and choose to deal with being under a constant hunt by the gov... but spending the rest of your life on the lam for $180,000 is moronic.



posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 01:57 AM
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Originally posted by makeitso
I can only think of 2 explanations.

1. He took it for use in the casino's nickel slot machines.

2. The aliens took it for use in their warp drive.

[edit on 9-1-2005 by makeitso]


Are you referencing the short story (I can't think of the author right now) where the plant-like alien uses a farmer's hidden silver dollar collection to repair his msysterious star drive?



posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 02:08 AM
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I don't know, I'd venture to guess some hacker got on the Treasury's computer system and only saw two words, Federal Reserve and Truck. I'm with you guys, I'd say this is a case of a really dumb crook. BUT The thing that smells about this story though is the sheer weight and bulk of the nickels, to haul that off the truck took a major operation, and I can't see it getting pulled off at a truck stop. Maybe there is something more to this than meets the eye.



posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 02:10 AM
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Maybe if this guy was a target for elimination and they took the money as a cover. However, you can get around the weight stations if you used say vans or the like. A H2 can tow what 10,000 lbs? If you push it and say load 14000, you can do it with three of them towing a uHaul.



posted on Jan, 10 2005 @ 12:47 AM
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I guess you could cash the nickels in at the local casino for the green folding stuff... nickel slots are pretty common.

Put out an APB for Mendoza in and around Las Vegas.



posted on Jan, 10 2005 @ 02:22 PM
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Originally posted by FredT

Originally posted by stumason
Charity? Is that what you call the Federal Reserve? Very fitting....lol


Sorry
my bad I meant treasury



You were right the first time, Fred.

...The FEDERAL RESERVE ASSOCIATION (Federal Reserve) was incorporated as a Non-profit Religious Delaware Corporation in 1914: Incorporation date 9/13/14; File No. 0042817.
www.state.de.us...



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