Detectives attempt to identify four people involved in major coin theft

UPDATE – October 29, 2014 – 12 p.m.

There is updated video and information to Tuesday’s news release regarding the coin theft over the weekend.  Surveillance video obtained from Friday afternoon shows three of the four suspects walking into the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium around 3:30 p.m., checking out locations, vendors, sitting in the lobby area taking notes and then leaving.  Updated video with Friday and Saturday video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/uXJtHEdSWd4

Detectives believe the three suspects were making plans on Friday to then return on Saturday afternoon to commit the coin theft with a fourth suspect.  The crime was not reported until Sunday when the victim returned to the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, noticed things were out of place and called the Sarasota Police Department.

The original news release is below with more information.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Kenton Montegna at 941-954-7092 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- October 28, 2014 -- 11 a.m.

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are asking for help from the public identifying four people believed to be involved in a major coin theft over the weekend.

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Sarasota Police officers were dispatched to the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota in reference a grand theft of coins.  Officers were told by the victim the theft occurred sometime between Saturday, October 25th at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Surveillance video from inside the Auditorium, which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/PfzFfgvt1H8 shows four subjects entering the coin show.  One subject walks through the show and after a few vendors have left, the subject approaches a table, places a bag on the table and removes multiple gold coins.  Then all four subjects leave. 

Several minutes later, two of the four subject return, return to the same table as before, remove more items and leaves again.  These two subjects are described as:  Subject 1: Hispanic male, 5’9” and believed to be between 30 and 39 years old.  Subject 2:  Hispanic male, 5’3” – 5’4” and heavy set.  All of the subjects appear to be working together.  The coins are valued at between $50,000 and $100,000.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Kenton Montegna at 941-954-7092 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com