NCIC News

Anatomy of a Coin Thief

A suspect in prior Baltimore coin thefts pleads guilty in Baltimore, MD.

NCIC Invited to Texas Crime Stoppers Conference

The Numismatic Crime Information Center will be conducting a session on “Numismatic Crime Investigations” at the Texas Crime Stoppers Conference to be held Oct 7-9,2014 in Beaumont, Texas. Over 300 Law Enforcement officers will be attending. Officers will learn the basics of investigating a crime related to rare coins, paper money and related numismatic items.

Massive Counterfeiting Ring Busted in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Law Enforcement officials have arrested two suspects in a large scale counterfeiting ring.

Limo and Taxi Credit Card Fraud Scheme (Torornto Canada)

Toronto authorities have reported Limo and Taxi credit card fraud scheme.

Stolen Copper Coins Recovered

On July 7, 2014 the Numismatic Crime Information Center sent out an e-mail crime alert regarding the missing/stolen report of 7 early copper coins from a United States Postal Service shipment. Two days later a dealer contacted NCIC and advised that he possibly had bought coins matching the description of those stolen. Due to the quick actions of several dealer’s all seven coins have been recovered.

The U.S. Postal Inspectors are conducting an on-going investigation.

Doug Davis 817-723-7231 Doug@numismaticcrimes.org

Security Breach Dealers/Collectors

SECURITY BREACH

(Dealers/Collectors)

How you could be giving away your exact location to criminals with a simple photograph. Shooting simple photos from your smart phone or personal camera can lead criminals right to your location… with pinpoint accuracy using GPS satellites.

Your smart phone or digital camera nowadays comes equipped with what’s called gps geo tagging. GPS Geo tagging is the ability to record exact location coordinates from a photo taken on a smart phone or digital camera, to help you remember where you were when you shot the photo.

When geo-tagged photos are uploaded to online sharing communities such as, Facebook, Flickr, and many others, the photo can be placed onto a map to view the location the photo was taken. In this way, users can browse photos from a map, search for photos from a given area, and find related photos of the same place from other users.

Many smartphones automatically geo-tag their photos by default, Users who prefer not to reveal their location should turn this feature off.

Scenarios;

  • You just purchased coins to complete your collection or add to your inventory. You bring them home or to your office and take photos to share with your social media friends or fellow dealers, Your Smartphone or camera automatically embeds GPS coordinates by default in the photo unless you manually disable this function. If not disabled, the criminal knows exactly where you took the photos (your home or office).

    All photos taken from your smartphone or digital camera can lead a criminal within feet of your location.

    Every photograph you take can lead criminal’s right to your doorstep if geo tagging has been enabled on your phone.

  • While looking at a potential collection to buy at a person’s home or business and you upload a photo to a social media site while there a criminal can find your location and the location of the collection.

” If you take a photo and upload to facebook then I can find your location wherever you are”. UNLESS SPECIFIC PRECAUTIONS ARE TAKEN!!!

This is a very real threat to your safety and the safety of others.

For any help with this please contact our Computer Crime Analyst, Bryan Davis at Bryan@numismaticcrimes.org

Doug Davis

Founder/President

Suspect Arrested for Selling Counterfeit Silver Bars

A Longview, Texas man has been arrested for selling counterfeit silver bars to several victims.

Suspect Arrested in Coin Dealer Murder

A suspect has been arrested in the murder of a Albemarle, NC coin dealer.

Suspects Arrested in Metropolitan Chicago Burglaries

In January and March of this year the Numismatic Crime Information Center assisted the Gurnee, IL Police Department in the investigation of two burglaries that occurred at Harbor Coins in Gurnee. On October 23, 2013 investigators concluded the 9 month investigation which resulted in the arrest of three individuals and the recovery of over $140,000 in coins, currency and jewelry.The suspects were also responsible for other burglaries in the Chicago Metropolitan area.

The recent e-mail sent out by NCIC on 10/17/13 requesting infomation on recovered property led to the identity of another victim related to this investigation.

The following individuals are in custody: Robert Boardman of Chicago Michael Paulson of Lake Villa Martha Paulson of Lake Villa

The Gurnee Police Department continues their effort in locating additional victims. Anyone with additional information should contact: Doug Davis 817-723-7231 doug@numismaticcrimes.org

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Coin Dealer Turns the Table on Counterfeiter

The owner of a coin shop played along with a customer who was attempting to sell him counterfeit coins until police arrived and took suspect into custody.

Law Enforcement Seminar To Be Conducted During F.U.N -January 2014

The Numismatic Crime Information Center will offer a one-day training class on “Numismatic Crime Investigations” for local, state and federal law enforcement officers. The class will be held in conjunction with the F.U.N. 59th Annual Convention January 9-12, 2014.

The class is designed to provide law-enforcement personnel, including patrol officers, detectives, investigators and prosecutors, with the fundamental investigative techniques, knowledge and understanding to respond effectively to the complex challenges encountered during a numismatic crime. The class will be held at the Orlando County Convention Center on January 10, 2014 from 8am-4:30pm and is free for law-enforcement personnel.

For additional information contact: Doug Davis Numismatic Crime Information Center doug@numismaticcrimes.org

Suspect Arrested in Gold Coin Burglary (Idaho)

A suspect has been arrested in a burglary involving the theft of thousands of dollars in gold and silver coins.

Warrant Issued in Fake Silver Scam

The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force has secured criminal arrest warrants for a woman accused of selling bogus silver bars to a local business.

Monique Marie Reyna, of Corpus Christi, Texas, faces charges of felony theft by fraud and forgery for selling more than 500 bogus one ounce silver bars last month to a local business for nearly $6,500. Detectives were able to identify Reyna from evidence they obtained in the course of their investigation and are in contact with Texas authorities in an effort to locate her.

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Spotting Counterfeit Money

It is becoming increasingly difficult to identify counterfeit currency even for financial institutions. A grandmother recently found this out when she received three counterfeit one hundred dollar bills from her own bank.

E-mail Crime Alert Helps Solve Cold Case

An e-mail crime alert sent out by the Numismatic Crime Information Center assisted in solving a year long cold case being investigated by the Putnam County Sheriff’s office. Collectors and dealers are urged to sign up for the free e-mail crime alerts at www.numismaticcrimes.org.

E-mail crime alerts are sent out to disseminate information about numismatic crimes that are occurring within the numismatic hobby and industry.

Arrest Made in J&J Coin & Jewelry Robbery

Police acting on a tip have taken into custody a suspect in the robbery of J&J Coins and Jewelry in Hammond, Indiana. Investigator’s executed a search warrant at a residence and located some of the stolen property. The suspect was arrested at the location.

$5000 Reward offered in Hammond, Indiana Coin Shop Robbery

A $5,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible for the robbery at J&J Coins in Hammond, Indiana. The suspect impersonating a UPS employee robbed employees at gun point and took a large amount of coins and jewelry.

Anyone with information should contact:

Doug Davis 817-723-7231 Doug@numismaticcrimes.org

Numismatic Crime Information Center joins R.I.O.T

The Numismatic Crime Information Center has joined the Robbery Investigator’s Association of Texas as a means to disseminate information and provide a resource for the investigation of numismatic crimes to law enforcement officers across the state of Texas.

Colorado Coin Dealer Accused of Taking $2.4 Million from Customers

A Colorado coin dealer is accused of taking $2.4 million from customers without delivering coins.

Coin Shop Owner Shot During Robbery

A Kansas coin shop owner was shot during an attempted robbery. The suspect was shot multiple times.

Minnesota Attorney General Sues Coin Dealer

Attorney General Swanson files a lawsuit against Guardian Gold & Silver.

Abilene Gold & Silver C0-0wner Shot and Killed by Police

The co-owner of Abilene Gold & Silver in Abilene , Texas was fatally shot by police while serving a search warrant.

Hotel Locks Secure????

The following articles describes how your hotel room lock can be compromised.

Burglars Target Indian-Americans Gold

Irving, Texas police are investigating home burglaries of Indian-Americans. Suspects are targeting gold.

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Gold & Silver Seller Charged with Internet Swindle

The owner of Global Gold and Metals faces a single charge of mail fraud.

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"America Now" TV show features Numismatic Crime Information Center

“America Now” TV show hosted by Leeza Gibbons features the Numismatic Crime Information Center in a story “Protecting your coin collection from thieves”.

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Hit Man Hired to Kill U.S. District Judge

Joseph Romano who owned Last Quarter Coin , American Coin Company Inc. and All American Coin Inc. is now being charged with conspiring to kill a U.S. District Judge.

Coin Dealer Arrested for Buying Stolen Property

James Coello, who operates North Shore coins, has been arrested for buying stolen property from undercover police.

Man Steals $100,000 Collection

A man steals a $100,000 and spends it on pizza.

Victim of Taunton, Mass Coin Theft Says He was Followed

A 58 yr old man was the victim of theft after a coin show in Auburn.

$100,000 Dollar Reward Offered for 1870cc $20 Liberty Double Eagle

The Numismatic Crime Information Center has been authorized to offer a $100,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the 1870-CC $20 Liberty NGC AU58 stolen October 17th, 2011 from a Brinks shipment from Los Angeles to Dallas.

Anyone with information should contact:

Doug Davis 817-723-7231 (24/7) doug@numismaticcrimes.org

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Man Charged with selling stolen coins

Lake City, Florida Investigators have arrested Damien T. Morgan for selling coins taken in a burglary.

Thieves steal Grandmother's Coin Collection valued at $100,000

A Woodland, Washington Grandmother said thieves stole her coin collection valued at more than $100,000.

Numismatic Crime Investigations Seminar October 18, 2012

The Numismatic Crime Information Center will be conducting a Free seminar on Numismatic Crime Investigations (Coins, Paper Money, Gold&Silver and Precious Metals) on October 18,2012 in Dallas, Texas. The seminar is being hosted by the Pantego Police Department and held in conjunction with the ANA show October 18-20,2012. The seminar is open to LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLY.

The seminar is designed to provide participants with the fundamental investigative techniques, knowledge and understanding to respond effectively to the complex challenges encountered during a numismatic crime. The seminar will be conducted by Doug Davis a 34 yr police veteran who is a recognized expert in the investigation of numismatic crimes. Doug is also the Founder/President of the Numismatic Crime Information Center a non-profit corporation whose mission is to assist law enforcement in the investigation of Numismatic Crimes. Doug holds a Texas Master Peace Officer Certification and Police Instructor Certification.

For a registration form contact: Doug@numismaticcrimes.org or Ddavis@pantegopolice.org, or 817-705-4450

Elderly Target of Investment Scam

West Palm Beach police have arrested a suspect in a gold and silver scam .

Identity Theft Tips

Each year, up to 9 million Americans are victims of identity theft. Since businesses often collect customer and employee names, addresses, and even highly sensitive information such as social security numbers, financial information, or personal health records, it is important to put proper safeguards in place.

These tips offered from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can help your business protect sensitive data and prevent identity theft.

Take stock. Review who has access to personal information, how it is received, and if it is stored securely.

Scale down. Information should only be collected and stored if there is a legitimate business reason.

Lock it. Documents with personal identifying information should be kept in a locked file or in a secure electronic format with limited access.

Pitch it. Any personal identifying information, even just a person’s name, should be shredded or burned when no longer needed. When disposing of computers, use a wipe utility program.

Plan ahead. Have procedures in place ahead of time for dealing with security breaches, including who to notify and how to prevent further breaches.

For more information, please visit the FTC’s web portal on how businesses can help prevent identity theft, or download their informational booklet, Protecting Personal Information: A Guide for Businesses.

Precious Metals Dealer Arrested

Greenville County, South Carolina Sheriff’s office has arrested the owner of Palmetto Precious Metals for ripping off clients.

Detecting Counterfeit Currency

Business owners and employees should be aware of the increasing quality of counterfeit currency.

Expert Gives Tips on Buying Gold & Silver From Unkown Dealers

Mike Fuljenz provides tips on buying gold and silver.

Man Steals Quarter of a Million Dollars in Coins

Jefferson County Sheriff’s investigators are looking for a man that stole the savings of an 82 year old elderly victim.

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Coin Shop Owner Kills Suspect

The owner of a coin shop in New Port Richey thwarts robbery and shoots suspect.

Driven by Gold and Silver Prices, Thieves Target Coin Collections

Experts say rare coin thefts have spiked in recent years because of a run-up in gold and silver prices.

Greek Burglars Cash in as savers flee banks

Criminals are targeting less high profile victims.

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Louisiana Gold and Silver Dealer Arrested

A Louisiana gold and silver dealer was arrested for not holding items as required.

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Ex Coin Salesmen Steal Lists

Theft of customer lists fuel coin fraud.

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Security for Dealers and Collectors At ANA Summer Seminar

Col. Steve Ellsworth will be the lead instructor in a seminar dealing with security for dealers and collectors.

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Bullion Theft 2001 Silver Buffalo Coins

Detectives with the Wheeling, Illinois Police Department are investigating a burglary which resulted in the theft of 600 2001 Silver Buffalo coins. The coins were being prepared to be sent in for grading.

300 of the coins were Uncirculated and 300 were Proof. The offense occurred on or about April 22, 2012.

Anyone with information should contact:

Det. J. Connolly 847459-2648 0r Doug Davis 817-723-7231 Doug@numismaticcrimes.org

Yeager Sentenced in ANA Museum Theft

The person responsible for stealing more than a million dollars in coins from the ANA museum has been sentenced.

Free E-mail Crime Alerts and Newsletters to Collectors and Dealers

The Numismatic Crime Information Center is a national and international resource for the education, prevention and investigation of crimes related to coins, paper money and other numismatic related items. NCIC currently provides free e-mail crime alerts and newsletters that include valuable news and information related to numismatic crime.

“Dealers and collectors who sign up to receive the e-mail crime alerts and newsletters from NCIC immediately become part of a network that allows us to increase the scope and channels by which we can share information in a quick and efficient manner throughout the numismatic industry and community”, said Doug Davis Founder/President of NCIC. In addition, this resource has become a significant resource for law enforcement during the investigation of a numismatic crime.

Dealers and collectors are urged to sign up by visiting www.Numismaticcrimes.org. The e-mail crime alerts and newsletters are only one of many strategic initiatives provided to the numismatic community and law enforcement by NCIC.

The Numismatic Crime Information Center is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization that works with collectors, dealers, victims and law enforcement during the investigation of a numismatic crime. For more information about NCIC contact Doug Davis at 817-723-7231 or visit www.Numismaticcrimes.org.

Secret Service Bust Father/Son Counterfeiting Team

The Secret Service has arrested a father and son counterfeiting team in Florida.

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JGM Numismatics License Revoked for Failure to Abide by City ordinances

JGM Numismatics in Beverely, Mass had its license revoked by Beverly officials who were fed up with the firms failure to comply with city ordinances and an investigation alleging that the shop has aided criminal activity.

Some Second Hand Dealer Laws Aiming at Coin Dealers

Cities and Towns are developing strict ordinances to regulate the buying of gold and silver.

More Arrests Made in Gonzales, LA Slayings

Ascension Parish investigators have arrested two more suspects with additional arrests possible.

Suspects Arrested in Triple Slaying

Ascension Sheriff’s deputies have arrested three of four suspects wanted in the triple slaying in Gonzales Louisiana. The motive in the home invasion-robbery was apparently to steal rare gold and silver coins.

The coins in the case have not been recovered. One suspect was an ex-employee of Robert Marchand at his house moving business.

Home invasions for rare coins on rise, collectors say

The increase in crimes related to coins and precious metals is a growing concern to the numismatic community.

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Third Victim Dies in Louisiana Case

The total comes to three deaths in the Gonzales, Louisiana case where robbery was the motive. Investigators have recovered the safe belonging to the victims in an isolated area and one coin was found at the scene.

War on Crime

Dave Bowers writes about the Numismatic Crime Information Center in Coin World.

Tips on Selling or Buying Gold, Silver, Platinum

The Southest Texas Better Business Bureau provides tips on Selling or Buying Gold, Silver and Platinum.

Bogus Coin Dealer Gets 5 Years in Prison

A Federal Judge in Texas has sentenced a bogus coin dealer to five years in prison for scamming mainly elderly customers of more than $600,000. The bogus dealer was identified as Michael D. Amato.

Second Suspect Arrested in Canadian Case

A second suspect (pictured) has been arrested in the theft of over $130,000 in rare gold and silver coins from a New Brunswick dealer at the Pearson airport. Christian Aponte who was reported in a prior Numismatic Crime Information Center e-mail crime alert was arrested by authorities and charged with conspiracy to commit theft over $10,000 and possession of stolen property. A third suspect Oscar Medina-Pinilla is still at large. The three suspects arrived in Canada from Bogota.

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Transient Gold Buyers Forced to Shut Down

The Beaumont Police Department recently shut down a major gold buying operation set up at the Courtyard Marriott in Beaumont, Texas. THR & Associates was in violation of a new State Law that took effect on January 1, 2012

Secret Service Requests Information on TTY Relay Scams

SECRET SERVICE SEEKS INFORMATION on TTY RELAY SCAMS

Due to the increase in TTY Relay Scams the Secret Service is asking the assistance of the Numismatic Crime Information Center in locating victims or dealers who have any information related to these crimes.

If you have been a victim, know a victim or have any suspect or address information please forward the information to Doug@numismaticcrimes.org or 817-723-7231. The Secret Service has asked the Numismatic Crime Information Center to be the central depository for this information. Once the information has been compiled the Secret Service will then be making contact with victims.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated in this matter.

Doug Davis Founder/President

Arrest Made in Brooklyn Dealers Murder

A man was arrested on Staten Island yesterday for the murder of Brooklyn coin dealer Steve Halfon.
Law enforcement officials caught Andrew Jackson, 26, by using fingerprints he left on the car where his victim was beaten to death, said a law enforcement source.

Jackson and two other violent crooks allegedly dragged numismatist Steve Halfon, 61, out of his car near his coin shop on Kings Highway in Gravesend at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday.

They threw Halfon into another vehicle, where they beat him savagely. The vicious gang later dumped an unconscious Halfon about a mile away on East 7th Street near Avenue N in Midwood, less than two blocks from Halfon’s home.

Doug Davis

Founder/President

Shots Fired During Robbery Attempt

Roseville, MI - ROBBERY ATTEMPT-SHOTS FIRED

On June 14, 2011 at approximately 11:00am two masked gunmen attempted to rob the Coin Cove in Roseville, Michigan. The owner, Gene Christian, said the suspects came in through the front door waving guns and shouting for everyone to get down on the floor. At the time, six customers were in the store along with Mr. Christians wife.

Mrs. Christian ran to the rear of the store and was followed by one of the suspects. Mr. Christian rushed to help his wife and was able to retrieve a gun that he kept in the shop. One shot was fired by Mr. Christian and several shots were fired by the suspects. The suspects fled the store. No one was hurt. No inventory was taken during the incident.

The suspects were black and one could have possibly been a female. No other information is available at this time.

Anyone having information on this offense should contact:

Doug Davis

817-723-7231

Doug@numismaticcrimes.org

Numismatic Crime Information Center to Attend Central States Show

The Numismatic Crime Information Center will have a booth at the upcoming Central States Show April 27-30 in Rosemont, Illinois.” The presence of NCIC will provide dealers and attendees the opportunity to discuss issues related to numismatic crimes,” said Doug Davis Founder/President.

The Numismatic Crime Information Center provides free resources to collectors, dealers and law enforcement during the investigation of a numismatic crime.

Arrest Made in Spanish Colonial Coin Burglary

A suspect has been arrested in the February 18, 2011 theft of a Spanish Colonial coin collection in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The collection was comprised of 136 Spanish coins, mostly cobs from early Potosi through the late 1700’s. Also included were several Pillar dollars, Portraits and old world cobs.

Forty five of the 136 coins have been recovered. Ninety one coins are unaccounted for at this time. Dealers or collectors who are offered or come across a group of Spanish colonial coins that fit the description should contact Doug Davis at 817-723-7231 or Doug@numismaticcrimes.org.

Suspect Arrested In Major Coin Theft By Check

The Numismatic Crime Information Center (Numismaticcrimes.org) is assisting the Poinsett County Sheriff’s office in identifying dealers who were victims of a suspect identified as David Todd Young. Alias; David Todd, Todd Young, Todd Davis, David Yung, Thomas Yung and David Young. Young has written bad checks for coins across the country. The losses are in the tens of thousands of dollars. The checks were written in the name of; Davids Coins, AVP Productions, Deltaland Metals, Big Man Motors, Youngs Lawncare and Greenway Lawncare. The suspect is currently incarcerated and bond has been set at $50,000. Additional warrants are pending.

Any dealer who has fallen victim to this suspect should contact:

Det. Martin at 870-578-5411 or Doug Davis 817-723-7231 (Doug@numismaticcrimes.org)

Five Stolen San Diego Notes Recovered

El Cajon, CA - On December 28, 2010 5 of 8 missing San Diego notes were seized by a local dealer who was offered the notes by a person who obviously did not know their true value.

The notes that are still outstanding as stolen are each Series 1929 National Currency of the First National Trust & Savings Bank of San Diego. $10 Type 1 Charter 3050 B002588A $10 Type 1 Charter 3050 E009942A $20 Type 1 Charter 3050 D000590A

If anyone has information contact:

El Cajon Police Dept at 619-579-3311 or Andrew Woodruff at 619-447-7654 or Doug Davis at 817-723-7231

Attempted Break In at Fort Worth Coin Club Show

On Saturday November 6, 2010 at approximately 6:45pm two suspects attempted to break into the bourse floor after the close of the Fort Worth Coin Club show in Fort Worth, Texas. Doug Davis, Founder/President, of the Numismatic Crime Information Center and who provides security for several coin shows in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex was on scene at the time of the incident.

Banging sounds were coming from the rear door entrance to the show and Davis went to investigate. As he approached he saw a large screw driver come through the top of the door and a crowbar prying at the bottom. Davis identified himself as a police officer and instructed them to get back away from the door. The suspects dropped the tools and fled. Fort Worth police were called and a crime scene investigation was conducted. The offense remains under investigation.

“To my knowledge this is the first time an attempted burglary/robbery has occurred in the last 15 years or longer”, Davis said. “Although this may be an isolated event dealers must be alert and cautious when attending numismatic events and bourse chairmen should provide adequate security regardless of the cost”, said Davis.

Hard economic times and the rise in gold and silver prices are factors in the rise in numismatic crimes. Collectors and dealers are encouraged to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of becoming a numismatic crime victim.

Fort Worth Newspaper Interviews Founder/President of NCIC Regarding Gold Scams

Fort Worth, Texas - The Fort Worth Star Telegram recently interviewed Doug Davis Founder/President of NCIC regarding gold scams and rip offs. http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/10/28/2585886/as-gold-costs-and-cons-r...

Dealer Targeted While Loading Up To Leave Show

Albermale, North Carolina police are investigating the October 9, 2010 theft from coin dealer Charles Gray while attending a small club show in Albermale. The victim had loaded his vehicle and went back inside to retrieve the last few items before leaving the show. While inside unknown suspect or suspects entered his vehicle and removed several bags containing part of his inventory.

The following is a partial list of stolen coins;

180 Rolls Kennedy Halves, full set walking liberty halves, 1992-1998 silver quarters MS 66, MS 66 Roanoke Commem half, 1832 Bust Half ANACS AU, 1946D Half MS 65 NGC, 1946S Half MS65 NGC, 1947 MS65 ANACS, Double row boxes of mercury, roosevelt and washington quarters.

Any dealer or collector with any information should contact: Det. Doug Hicks 704-984-9528 or Doug Davis at 817-723-7231 or Doug @ Numismaticcrimes.org

Cell Phones Should Be Utilized As Crime Prevention Tool At Coin Shows

In today’s society owning a cell phone is common among all age groups. However, cell phones are a much underrated crime prevention tool. The cell phone can provide instantaneous communication in dangerous situations, with photo and video features that allow users to record all types of incidents. Dealers should utilize cell phones as part of their crime prevention arsenal while attending coin shows or in their place of business.

The following situations at a coin show can be documented by using the video or photo features of your cell phone.

• Photograph suspicious persons at your table, in the show or at your place of business. • Take photo of person writing you a check. • Take picture of driver’s license of person writing you a check. • Photograph check. • Take photograph or video of any suspicious activity that makes you feel threatened. ( Inside or outside the show, parking lot, hotel, restaurant etc.,) • Take photograph of your table at the show. (Documents your presence at particular event) • Photograph show cases with coins to document inventory.

The photographing and videoing of incidents or suspicious activity at shows, and while traveling to and from numismatic events can provide a tremendous investigative resource during the investigation of a numismatic crime. All videos and photographs recorded should be downloaded into a file or folder for future reference.

Dealers and Collectors Urged To Sign Up For E-Mail Crime Alerts and Newsletters

The Numismatic Crime Information Center is a national and international resource for the education, prevention and investigation of crimes related to coins, paper money and other numismatic related items. NCIC currently provides free e-mail crime alerts and newsletters that include valuable news and information related to numismatic crime.

“Dealers and collectors who sign up to receive the e-mail crime alerts and newsletters from NCIC immediately become part of a network that allows us to increase the scope and channels by which we can share information in a quick and efficient manner throughout the numismatic industry and community”, said Doug Davis Founder/President of NCIC. In addition, this resource has become a significant resource for law enforcement during the investigation of a numismatic crime.

Dealers and collectors are urged to sign up by visiting www.Numismaticcrimes.org. The e-mail crime alerts and newsletters are only one of many strategic initiatives provided to the numismatic community and law enforcement by NCIC.

The Numismatic Crime Information Center is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization that works with collectors, dealers, victims and law enforcement during the investigation of a numismatic crime. All donations are tax deductible. For more information about NCIC contact Doug Davis at 817-723-7231 or visit www.Numismaticcrimes.org.

Thefts prompt police to monitor cash-for-gold shops

Milwaukee - Law enforcement and local governments are scrambling to shut down a shadow industry that has grown up around the booming cash-for-gold business nationwide: thieves are snatching jewelry , then converting it into quick payday at the shops. Thousands of shops have opened to take advantage of high gold prices and hard economic times, and police in some cities have noticed an uptick in burglaries and thefts. Concerned about a growing criminal trade, Milwaukee passed an ordinance this summer to help police spot stolen jewelry being sold before it was too late to recover. Other cities are rushing to take similar measures, finding that the usual ways of tracking stolen goods can’t cope with the modern-day gold rush. Authorities say the increase in gold sales overwhelmed anti-crime recordkeeping requirements that were designed for pawn shops. Clerks were required to record information about the sellers and items sold but it wasn’t entered into the law enforcement database for weeks. Even when a holding period was required for items bought, jewelry often had been resold or melted down to make new precious objects before police caught up. In July the Milwaukee Common Council voted to require all gold-buying shops to electronically submit the seller’s name and photo to police, along with a photo of the items sold. Last fall, Maryland passed a similar measure and on Oct. 1 will require buyers to have a fixed location. Last year, Florida started requiring mail-in-gold-buying companies to put sales information on a database accessible to law enforcement.

Coin Shop Owner Pistol Whipped and Robbed

Fayetteville, NC - On Monday August 30, 2010 a coin shop owner in Fayetteville, North Carolina was pistol whipped and robbed. The suspects described as two black males entered the store and hit the victim in the face and head. An unknown number of proof sets and silver eagles were stolen. Authorities are still looking for the suspects.

PCDA DONATES $1000 to the Numismatic Crime Information Center

Sergio Sanchez President of the Professional Currency Dealer’s Association presented a $1000 donation to Doug Davis Founder and President of the Numismatic Crime Information Center at the recent Memphis International Paper Money show held in Memphis, Tennessee on June 18-20, 2010.

“The work being conducted by the Numismatic Crime Information Center is a tremendous asset to the numismatic industry and law enforcement”, said Sanchez. “The crime alerts, e-mails, and newsletters sent out by NCIC are important resources that provide dealers and collectors with current information related to numismatic crime”.

“We are pleased to have PCDA as a sponsor and partner in our efforts to combat numismatic crime”, said Davis. “The support of PCDA allows us to continue providing educational and investigative resources to collectors, dealers and law enforcement across the country and around the world”.

Dealers and collectors should visit Numismaticcrimes.org and sign up to receive free crime alerts and newsletters. Anyone wanting additional information on NCIC can contact Doug@numismaticcrimes.org or call 817-723-7231.

The Numismatic Crime Information Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation working to coordinate initiatives between law enforcement and the numismatic industry in “Targeting Numismatic Crimes around the World”. The success of NCIC depends on the financial commitments from dealers, collectors and the numismatic industry. All donations are tax deductible.

$95,000 In Rare Chinese Gold Recovered and Felon In Jail

Los Angeles, CA - On Friday April 2, 2010 the Numismatic Crime Information Center was called by Los Angeles Sheriff”s Dept investigators to assist in identifying a victim of a potential burglary or robbery. While on the phone a known felon was attempting to sell rare Chinese gold coins valued at $95,000. The suspect was arrested and ten gold coins were confiscated. Doug Davis, Founder/President of NCIC , provided the investigators with a local numismatic expert who authenticated the coins which had been sold in a Sotheby’s auction in 1996. A victim was later located who did not know the coins had been stolen.

“The success of this investigation was the direct result of the information and resources provided by the Numismatic Crime Information Center”, said Det. Lord of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

Central States Numismatic Society Donates $2500 to the Numismatic Crime Information Center

Pantego, Texas - The Central States Numismatic Society has donated $2500 to the Numismatic Crime Information Center. The donation will help fund an educational program designed to educate law enforcement about numismatics and numismatic crime.

The Numismatic Crime Information Center as part of its strategic plan will launch the new program during the early part of 2010. The program is designed to educate police officers at the local level.

“We are extremely excited to have the Central States Numismatic Society support NCIC”, said Doug Davis, president of NCIC. “The participation of organizations such as CSNS is critical to our success in combating numismatic crime”

The Numismatic Crime Information Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation working to coordinate initiatives between law enforcement and the numismatic industry in “Targeting Numismatic Crimes around the World”. The success of NCIC depends on the financial commitments from dealers, collectors and the numismatic industry. All donations are tax deductible.

Ohio Attorney General's Office Requests Assistance

The Major Crimes Division of the Ohio Attorney General’s office has asked the Numismatic Crime Information Center for assistance in evaluating a large proof set collection in order to determine the level of charges to be filed against an identified suspect. “The lead investigator in the case was glad that a resouce like NCIC is now available to assist law enforcement during the investigation of coin related offenses”, said Doug Davis Founder/President of NCIC.

Ontario County New York Sheriff's Dept. Requests Assistance

Investigators with the Ontario County Sheriff’s dept in the state of New York has requested the assistance of the Numismatic Crime Information Center in a $24,000 residential burglary. The loss included over 850 proof sets, silver bars and rounds. NCIC provided investigators with key information related to a potential suspect and assigned a Law Enforcement Numismatic Expert Network member to the case. The investigation is ongoing.

New Way To Do Carjackings

Dealers and collectors should be aware of the new way criminals are stealing cars. You walk to your car, unlock the door and get inside. You start the engine and shift into reverse. When you look into your rearview mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift into park, unlock your doors and jump out to remove the paper that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car, that is when the carjacker appears out of nowhere, jumps in and takes off with your car and valuables. If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just drive away. Remove the paper later and be thankful you read this article.

Shreveport Louisiana Coin Club Donates to NCIC

Shreveport Louisiana Coin Club Donates to the Numismatic Crime Information Center

Pantego, Texas - The Louisiana Shreveport Coin Club recently donated $500.00 to the Numismatic Crime Information Center during the Texas Numismatic Association’s annual May coin show in Fort Worth, Texas.

Shreveport Coin Club board member Richie Self presented the check to Doug Davis Founder / President of the Numismatic Crime information Center.

“The Numismatic Crime Information Center provides a tremendous resource for the numismatic community and I hope other clubs who are financially able will donate to this important cause”, said Self who owns and operates American Coin & Collectibles in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The Numismatic Crime Information Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation working to coordinate initiatives between law enforcement and the numismatic industry in “Targeting Numismatic Crimes around the World”. The success of NCIC depends on the financial commitments from dealers, collectors and the numismatic industry. All donations are tax deductible.

For more information about NCIC, please visit www.numismaticcrimes.org or e-mail Doug@numismaticcrimes.org

Surveillance Equipment Inadequate in Coin Shop Burglaries

Surveillance Equipment Inadequate in Coin Shop Burglaries

During the past several months the Numismatic Crime Investigation Center has assisted in the investigation of several coin shop burglaries in the state of Texas. In each case the quality of the recorded video was inadequate for law enforcement investigators to use for evidentiary purposes.

Dealers utilizing video surveillance as a crime prevention strategy should periodically evaluate their system to determine its effectiveness in identifying criminals during the commission of an armed robbery, burglary, fraud or theft. Surveillance video footage from a properly designed and maintained system can provide invaluable information during a criminal investigation.

The following information should be considered when maintaining a video surveillance system: • Identify current and future needs based upon operational requirements. • Maintain files on all video surveillance equipment. • Sketch out a floor plan to determine strategic camera locations. • Install/evaluate cameras at entrances and exits in order to provide clear views of anyone entering or leaving the business. • Provide video coverage to monitor areas where transactions and interactions occur between employees and customers. • Provide video coverage in safe and vault areas. • Consider ceiling mounted dome cameras for overall views of shop. • Evaluate/Test recording medium to insure adequate quality to identify offenders. • Make sure images produced are in a format that your local law enforcement agency can use. • Check system on a daily basis for clarity and proper operation. • Develop a retention schedule for stored data. • Train employees on system operations • Develop a maintenance schedule conducted by a qualified technician.

The benefits of maintaining a quality system is minimizing the risk of illegal activities, enhancing a safe working environment and providing law enforcement with recording medium good enough for identification and prosecution.

The Numismatic Crime Information Center 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. The success of NCIC depends on the financial commitments from dealers, collectors and the numismatic industry. All donations are tax deductible. Numismaticcrimes.org.

Professional Currency Dealer's Association Donates to NCIC

Pantego, Texas - PCDA President Sergio Sanchez and Board Members presented a $1000 check to NCIC President Doug Davis at the Lyn Knight Currency auction held December 10, 2008 in Lenexa, Kansas.

“We are excited to have such a prestigious numismatic organization support our efforts in the area of numismatic crime”, Davis said. This generous donation will help fund a numismatic expert network for law enforcement across the country.

NCIC is the world’s leading resource on numismatic crime investigations and was created to give law enforcement and victims a free and easy to use system to fight numismatic related offenses.

“NCIC maintains the largest database of numismatic crimes and provides dealers, collectors and law enforcement with the data, tools and resources to assist in addressing the complexities of a numismatic investigation”, said Davis who has over 25 years experience as a law enforcement criminal investigator and a recognized expert in numismatic investigations.

NCIC assists victims during the investigative process and provides law enforcement agencies with technical and investigative support in order to develop effective case strategies and successful outcomes.

The goal of NCIC is, simply, to provide support and create new and enhanced resources for law enforcement and regulatory agencies to use in the fight against numismatic crime- a fight that must involve not only all levels of law enforcement in this country and abroad but also the entire numismatic community.

The Numismatic Crime Information Center 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 numismatic crimes. All donations are tax deductible.

For more information about NCIC, please visit www.numismaticcrimes.org

Responding to Ads Online and Offline Can be Dangerous

Collectors and dealers should be cautious when responding to ads from newspapers or even online ads placed on popular websites such as Craigslist.

Several victims in the North Texas area have been robbed when responding to classified ads placed on Craigslist. Although hundreds of these transactions take place all the time and are legitimate, some can turn out to be a scam or robbery.

Tips When Buying Online or Offline

  1. Meet in public places.
  2. Never take a large amount of money.
  3. Never go alone if possible.
  4. Take a friend or business associate with you and have them stay in the car or in close proximity.
  5. Use your phone and keep the line open when meeting a stranger.
  6. Never enter a location if someone yells for you to come in.
  7. If available use your cell phone camera to document any suspicious circumstances.
  8. If you are suspicious about something being wrong leave immediately.
  9. Once you have left the location write down the description of the person and location including vehicles.
  10. Always be aware of your surroundings.

Numismatic Crime Investigations Topic at Law Enforcement Conference

Pantego, Texas - Over 250 investigators from across the country and Canada attended the International Association of Property Crime Investigators Conference held at the Gold Coast Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 20-23, 2008.

Doug Davis a recognized expert in numismatic investigations and founder of the Numismatic Crime Information Center presented a breakout session on the Investigation of Numismatic Crimes for law enforcement. The two hour presentation provided law enforcement officials with an overview of numismatic investigations and the data, tools and resources provided by the Numismatic Crime Information Center.

The conference provided the opportunity to educate a large diverse group of criminal investigators in the investigation of numismatic crimes, Davis said.

Lt. Michael Broberg of the Columbus, Ohio Police Department said, “the session on numismatic crime investigations was eye-opening and wished he had known about the resources of NCIC during an investigation of over $250,000 in coins and bullion last year”.

The presentation at the IACPI conference is one of many initiatives of NCIC in bridging the gap between law enforcement and the numismatic community.

Federal Escapee Arrested

NCIC authorities were notified by the Federal Bureau of Prisons that escapee David Posey has been arrested by the Alexandria Police Department. Posey had been serving time for mail fraud related to thefts from coin and paper money dealers. The arrest was prompted after an individual recognized Posey’s picture on the NCIC website and contacted NCIC officials. “This incident clearly shows the important role NCIC will play as a centralized resource and tool within the numismatic community”, said Doug Davis President of NCIC.

NCIC President to speak at National Property Crime Investigations Conference & EXPO

NCIC President Doug Davis has been invited to present a training session on numismatic crimes at the National Property Crime Investigations Conference & Expo to be held August 19-21, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hundreds of federal, state, local and provincial law enforcement investigators assigned to property crime investigations will be in attendance. The training session will identify the complexities of a numismatic crime and provide law enforcement investigators with the data, tools and resources to enhance their investigation, Davis said. The invitation to address this national conference is a major step in NCIC’s committment to network with law enforcement and the numismatic industry to combat numismatic crime.

$400,000 in Rare Coins, Paper Money and Bullion Evaluated for District Attorney's Office

The Tarrant County Texas District Attorney’s office has requested the assistance of NCIC to evaluate approximately $400,000 in coins, currency and bullion which has been stored in the property room of a local law enforcement agency for two years. The property was recovered and confiscated from two burglary suspects who were convicted of the crime.

NCIC Assists Haltom City, Texas Police Department

Detectives with the Haltom City, Texas police department have requested the assistance of NCIC to inventory coins recovered during the arrest of a burglary suspect. The coins consist of gold bullion, assorted mexican 8 Reales and miscellaneous type coins. The coins are in coin flips and 2x2’s with some identified by NCIC staff as dealers who attend shows in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Numismatic Expert Network News

Numismatic Expert Network

In order to assist law enforcement on the local, state, federal and international level the Numismatic Crime Information Center has developed a numismatic expert network to act as an educational resource tool during the investigation of a numismatic crime.

Once a numismatic offense has occurred and reported NCIC will provide the designated investigating agency with the nearest qualified network member. The use of a numismatic expert at the initial phase of an investigation will enhance the investigator’s ability to develop effective case strategies to insure a thorough and effective investigation.

Dealers and collectors interested in participating in the numismatic expert network should download an application and forward to NCIC at P.O. Box 14080 Arlington, Texas 76094.

Reporting crimes to NCIC provides data, trends and patterns of criminal activity

Reporting Numismatic Crimes

NCIC provides victims with a central location and convenient and easy way to report crimes and suspicious activities within the numismatic industry. All relevant information and data received by victims and individuals about numismatic crimes are used to conduct the following initiatives:

  • Analyze trends and patterns in the wide spectrum of numismatic crime.
  • Identify through data analysis criminals and organized networks engaged in numismatic crimes.
  • Evaluate intelligence and lead information to identify criminal activity and forward to the appropriate local, state, federal or international law enforcement agency.
  • Conduct analytic data assessments of criminals by geographic area, type of criminal activity, and methodology.

Information obtained, compiled and indexed helps to anticipate, analyze, prevent, or monitor potential criminal activity directed at or affecting the numismatic industry.

NCIC provides assistance to Crime Victims

Victim Assistance

Numismatic crimes can often be devastating to collectors and dealers. In some cases it can mean the difference in a comfortable retirement or the destruction of a successful business. NCIC has developed resources that provide the framework for conducting competent, and productive numismatic investigations.

Victims of numismatic crimes are often frustrated and in many instances feel that law enforcement is not doing enough on their specific case. NCIC addresses this problem through several initiatives during the investigative process.

  • NCIC representatives will contact victims reporting a crime or suspicious criminal activity.
  • NCIC will alert the appropriate law enforcement agency with jurisdiction.
  • NCIC will provide the investigating law enforcement agency with a detailed numismatic crime investigative checklist.
  • Major crime reports will be placed on NCIC’s web page immediately upon notification.
  • Assist in the expeditious dissemination of information within the numismatic community and law enforcement.
  • Provide technical case support to law enforcement.
  • Assist in developing investigative strategies.
  • Provide investigators with names of numismatic experts within their jurisdiction.
  • Acts as a liaison between victims, law enforcement, prosecutors and judges.

Due to the complex issues involved in handling a numismatic crime, the victim often finds themselves on an emotional roller coaster. It is important for crime victims to know that they are not alone and help is available. You may contact our offices, via telephone or e-mail for direct victim assistance.