One arrested selling gold coins from Texas burglary

Published: Jun. 21, 2012 at 2:41 PM CDT|Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 at 4:18 AM CST
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Jackson police have arrested two people in connection with a Texas house burglary, where thousands of dollars worth of gold was stolen.

The arrest happened at DJ's Silver Mine, at 4631 I-55 North.

Police say the owners of the pawn shop cooperated with police on a sting to help catch those responsible for the burglaries.  With the help of business owners, JPD detectives set up the sting and made the arrest.

Pawn shop Manager Donald Stengel tells WLBT the man came in the day before offering to sell gold coins worth thousands.  Stengel told him to come back Thursday.   That's when he called police and told them about the rare coins.

Stengel says, "The people need to know were not the bad guy's we solve crimes that wouldn't be solvable without us."

Deputy Chief Eric Walls says the case involves half-a-million dollars worth of gold, stolen in a house burglary in Beaumont, Texas.

"We actually had officers that were inside the business posing as employees we actually had police offers stationed around the area," said Wall.

After taking Davis into custody, they searched his car where they found 166 gold coins, valued at nearly $97,000.00.

At an afternoon press conference police announced they also arrested Davis's Mother, Ozella.  Both are charged with receiving and possession of stolen property.   A search of a bank deposit box owned by Davis netted dozens of more coins and rare currency.

Police believe most of the collection may have been recovered but they are still looking for the main thief, Davis's girlfriend.

Detectives say she befriended the male victim in Texas, and moved into his home, only to steal his valuables from a safe, when he left on vacation.

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