Someone actualy stole $180,000 worth of nickles from the Federal reserve today, equating to about 3.6 million nickles total. The FBI are as confused
as anyone else is over why someone would actually go through the trouble of stealing, moving, and cashing in that many nickles.
The trail begins at the Federal Reserve building in East Rutherford, N.J.. In mid-December, a large tractor-trailer is loaded up and heads south,
bound for the Fed in New Orleans. Sealed in back of the truck is $180,000 worth of newly minted U.S. nickels. They are in 900 bags and weigh nearly 23
tons. That's 3.6 million nickels — and soon they would just disappear.
"Somebody actually went out and stole 3.6 million nickels," says FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela. "I mean, who would ever think that would
FBI agents and police are baffled over how it happened. The driver, Angel Ricardo Mendoza, a private trucker from Miami, has also disappeared. "He's
either a victim or a suspect," says Sgt. Richard Mestre of the Miami-Dade Police Cargo Theft Task Force. "We're not really sure."
So, if someone steals 3.6 million nickels, how does he cash them in without attracting attention? Police say it would have to be done very slowly, in
small amounts and at many different places, like grocery store counting machines. And even if he were able to cash in $500 worth of nickels every day,
it would still take an entire year.
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Who in their right mind would steal that many nickles? Sure, it's easy because no one expects it, but like the article says, is it really worth the
time it takes to cash in that many? Even at $500 a day it takes an entire year to cash it all in, and you would need to go to different banks or else
someone may catch on to you. You've also got to figure that more than one person was involved in this so that'll at least cut the profits in
[edit on 14-1-2005 by zhangmaster]