Robbers Spend Rare Coins at Face Value ... on Pizza

Young couple nabbed for coin theft in Washington state
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2012 4:36 PM CDT
Best not to buy this pizza with recently stolen rare coins.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A tip for rare-coin robbers: Spending your loot at face value for a pizza tends to draw a little attention. That's what police say happened when Dakoda Garren, 19, threw down an old Liberty quarter worth up to $18,500 for a purchase at Rocky's Pizza in Battle Ground, Washington. Police say a tipster called them, seeking the $1,000 reward that was offered after a theft of rare coins in nearby Woodland, reports The Columbian.

A Woodland woman says her pricey collection—some of it about 200 years old—vanished from her garage in May after she hired Garren and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Massman, to do work around the house. Now more coins from the collection have turned up at a movie theater where people fitting Garren and Massman's descriptions reportedly spent them. Garren is currently in jail on first-degree theft charges, but officials refused to hold Massman because she's 9 months pregnant.

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