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Not the Crime of the Century

You wonder why a crook would bother:

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.

I hope Mr. Mendoza hasn’t met with foul play. But whoever took the nickels shouldn’t be hard to catch; they’ll be the guys trying to run 22-1/2 tons of change through that machine at the grocery store.

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