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Recent Numismatic Crime You Should Be Aware Of – Stay Alert !

The Following numismatic crime reports are distributed by the Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) run by Doug Davis. Anyone with information on ANY of these crimes should contact:

Doug Davis
817-723-7231 or email him at [email protected]

September 12 , 2018

Gypsy Suspect Identified

The Numismatic Crime Information Center was contacted by Dealer Jamie Smith regarding a suspect involved in a theft/robbery of a bank in Mt. Pleasant,IA.

Shortly after receiving the email, Lt. Murray with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department reached out to NCIC requesting any information regarding possible gypsy gangs involved in thefts.

NCIC for the past sixty days had been  tracking several gypsy groups hitting coin and pawn shops across the country.  As victims contacted NCIC alerts were sent out to the numismatic industry. The alerts included the suspects MO, photos and locations as these groups were hitting their targets.

NCIC working with an analyst in the United Kingdom and sharing information with the Jewelers Security Alliance had identified several Roma gang members. NCIC provided Lt. Murray with the appropriate contact numbers to enhance his investigation

 Click on link below:
Suspect Identified
September 12 , 2018

Suspects Hit in Louisville,KY

At approximately 1pm today a male and female accompanied by a small child went into Cherokee Coins in Louisville,Ky and committed a theft involving approx $29,000 in gold coins. The suspect asked for silver and then requested to see gold coins. During the transaction the suspects flashed a large amt of cash and wanted the coins put into small bags and then placed in a box.  When the total amt was added up the suspects stated they needed to get additional cash and would be back to pick up the coins. At some point, the suspects were able to take the coins. The small child ran around the store as a possible distraction.
“Shop owners should be alert of individuals using the same MO as above”

September 10 , 2018

Traveling Suspects

The subjects pictured below were in a coin shop in Centrailia,Il today wanting to buy gold and using same MO as other alerts.
The following group was in a pawn shop in Jacksonville, FL and took a tray of jewelry. Two of the female subjects are believed to be the same persons in a recent alert who were involved in a theft in Omaha Nebraska. 

September 10 , 2018

Suspects In Gold Coin Thefts

The following two males are responsible for coin/cash thefts in Pantego, Texas. They may also have been involved in thefts in the Austin, Texas area.
Caution: The subjects are wanting to purchase gold coins and are in possession of a large amt of cash. During the transaction they want to recount the cash several times which results in palming or slight of hand leaving victim short of cash.The subjects also want to place gold coins in plastic bags and then into a small box and some how get away with portion of cash and coins. Both subjects are wanting to buy coins in separate transactions. If one subject does not have enough cash the other one says he has cash in car and they leave but do not return.
Although shop personnel are watching, they are very good at what they do and difficult to detect during the theft.
Anyone with information contact:
Doug Davis

September 8 , 2018

Traveling Suspects

Two male subjects entered a coin shop in Hoover, Alabama earlier today flashing cash and wanting to buy gold for a relatives birthday. The subjects did not have enough money and stated they would be back later in the day.
These subjects are using the same MO that has resulted in major losses over the past sixty days. If these subjects visit your shop contact your local authorities.  It is unknown at this time if these two subjects are the same as in previous alerts. However, we believe they are part of the same Roma gang that has been targeting coin shops. If possible get as much information as possible including a vehicle description.
We are waiting to get photos from video surveillance tapes.
Anyone with information contact:
Doug Davis

August 28 , 2018

 Stolen/Missing Certified Coins/ FedEx

The link below is a complete list of certified coins reported stolen/missing
which were shipped from Florida to Mish International (“redirected”) via  Fed Ex on August 15.

August 20 , 2018

Missing/Stolen USPS

California – Numismatic Crime
A 1924 Saint NGC MS65 PQ (Serial 3199108-003) was sent from California to Pontiac, MI and it arrived on the 8th via USPS. However, the coin is missing/stolen.

Numismatic Crime

Florida – Numismatic Crime
The note pictured below was sent from Florida to Buffalo Grove, IL and has been reported missing/stolen.


July 30, 2018

Traveling Theft Suspects

The following suspects may be part of a traveling group and have committed several coin thefts for thousands of dollars.
The suspects have been in Florida, Ohio and Georgia

July 29, 2018

Stolen Credit Cards

Stolen credit cards in the following names were used (Visa and Discover) to purchase coins.

1914 $2.50 Gold Indian Head PCGS MS62 Cert 34371053
2014-W Gold Kennedy PCGS PR69 First Strike Cert 30778434

James Rhoades

July 28, 2018

Coin Thefts

Colorado Springs – Numismatic Crime – Theft

Kagin’s Inc. has  reported a

1910 $5 PCGS PR63 CAC  PCGS# 84046129

missing/stolen from their table at the Colorado Springs Coin Show on Saturday June 23, 2018. 

Baltimore – Numismatic Crime Theft
The following coins have been reported missing/stolen from the recent Baltimore show.
1804 25C $12,000
1879-CC $ $2000

July 28, 2018

Theft From Vehicle Long Island

Scott Mitchell of Scott Mitchell Numismatics was the victim of  a vehicle burglary at Jones Beach State Park Long Island on July 23, 2018. The suspect/suspects entered the vehicle and removed two bags containing coins.
Stolen Coins:
1882-O/S Morgan Dollar PCGS MS64 CAC lilac blue toning
1798 Large Eagle PCGS VF30 CAC
32 gm Spanish Colonial Cobb
1 album containing Norway
1 album containing Canada
Additional albums containing Poland,Latvia and Romania

July 27, 2018

 Coin Shop Theft

The following theft occurred at Mr. Coin in Conyers, Georgia by two hispanic males.
The victim describes the incident below:
Two hispanic males arrived at the shopseeking fifteen gold coins for big celebration tomorrow.  Will be used to make coin vest (showed pictures of their cultural practice).  Price  no concern  (especially true since they planned to steal!). Asked that we pull coins out of boxes and place in bag but wanted all boxes/containers placed in a box.  Gave us a wad of cash to count (building trust that it was a real deal) which totaled $4900. Total of purchase far exceeding that  so we were given a deposit of $500  and asked to hold the merchandise until they could return with funds. Bag of coins were placed in box with empty boxes and we were asked to seal box with tape. As employee turned away to pick up tape dispenser, one turned the box around so the bag was closer, shuffled (“rearranged”) the contents removing a box and  the bag of coins to the counter…with the bag  under the empty box. He then slid the bag off the counter and into his back pocket (left hand) while replacing the box ( right hand) and closing the box flaps.  It took less than five seconds.  They then assured us they would return in about 45 minutes…  I anticipated a scam but sincerely thought we had the gold and their $500….and that the scam attempt was yet to come. When they did not return in about two hours, we opened the box and discovered the theft.

Stolen Coins:

(1) 1980 1-oz Gold Krugerrand in 2×2 cardboard Mylar
(1)1902-S $20-Gold Liberty in 2×2 cardboard Mylar
(1) 1993 $10-American Gold Eagle, unc., in 2×2 cardboard Mylar
(2) 2007  “First Spouse: Jefferson” 1/2-oz gold proof, both no box/cert, one is in 2×2 cardboard Mylar, the other is in original capsule
(1) 1975 Panama 100-Balboa (.2316-oz gold) Proof in 2×2 cardboard Mylar
(2) 2014 3/4-oz gold Kennedy Commemorative, both in original capsules with no box/cert
(2) 2016 1/2-oz gold Walking Liberty Commemorative, both in original capsules with no box/cert
(1) 1904-S PCGS MS61 $20-Liberty
(1) 1924 MS63 $20-Saint Gaudens PCGS# 9177.63/21403699  {NOTE: THIS IS THE MOST IDENTIFIABLE COIN.  PLEASE WATCH FOR IT} 
(1) 2006 1-oz Gold Buffalo, Proof, no box/cert, in original capsule


Doug Davis - FounderDoug Davis founder and president of NCIC is currently the City Manager and former Chief of Police in Pantego, Texas. Doug has over 30 years experience in law enforcement and the numismatic industry. Doug is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds a Master Level Police Officer License in the State of Texas. Doug is a licensed law enforcement instructor and maintains a Lieutenants status with the Pantego Police Department.

In 1987 Doug established the Numismatic Crime Information Center within the Pantego Police Department to assist law enforcement officers in the investigation of crimes against collectors and dealers. Later that same year he was instrumental in assisting the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the development of the National Stolen Coin File.

Recognized as an expert in numismatic investigations Doug developed the first and only accredited law enforcement school dealing with the investigation of numismatic crimes and continues to assist state, federal and local law enforcement agencies across the country. The American Numismatic Association has recognized Doug for his numismatic investigations and in 1988 was presented the PNG Sol Kaplan award for setting up a clearinghouse to coordinate investigations of crimes against the numismatic industry.


Numismatic Crime Information Center
Numismatic Crime Information Centerhttp://www.numismaticcrimes.org/
The Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to serve as a national and international resource for collectors, dealers, and law enforcement in the education, prevention, and investigation of crimes involving coins, paper money, tokens, medals, and related numismatic items. NCIC disseminates current crime-related issues to the numismatic industry and provides local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies with the fundamental investigative techniques, knowledge, and understanding to respond effectively to the complex challenges encountered during a crime. Please contact the Numismatic Crime Information Center's Doug Davis if you have questions or information concerning open cases. You can reach him at (817) 723-7231, or email him at [email protected].

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    My phone and email are not working. This seems to be happening a lot these days.


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