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Suspect arrested in theft of Olympic gold medal


Published:   |   Updated: September 19, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Bradenton police have arrested a man suspected of stealing an Olympic gold medal.

Demetrius Pinder reported the theft of his 2012 Olympic Gold Medal, which he won as part of the Bahamas 4x400m relay team, on Sept. 11. This afternoon, police located suspect Allen Jeffery Nichols, 22, in the 2900 block of 6th Avenue West in Bradenton and took him into custody.

At the time of his arrest, Nichols did not have the medal in his possession, police said, but they were able to locate it this evening and return it to Pinder.

Nichols is being charged with felony second-degree grand theft .

The investigation is continuing to see whether Nichols had any accomplices. Anyone having information is asked to call Detective K.B. Magown at (941)932-9300. Callers wishing to anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 can call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip at www.manateecrimestoppers.com

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