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Hammond Police searching for suspect in 100-year-old gold coin theft

The coin as shown on the photo’s was made sometime in the late 1800’s to 1907, at which time we are not sure of the date of the coin. (Source: Hammond Police Dept.) The coin as shown on the photo’s was made sometime in the late 1800’s to 1907, at which time we are not sure of the date of the coin. (Source: Hammond Police Dept.)
The gold coin was in the cuff link area (Source: WAFB) The gold coin was in the cuff link area (Source: WAFB)
Surveillance image of alleged thief (Source: Hammond PD) Surveillance image of alleged thief (Source: Hammond PD)
HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) -

Hammond Police are on the lookout for a stolen gold coin.

On Sept. 30th, around 2:50 a.m., police say an unknown white male carrying tools pried out a $20 gold coin from in front of the former Hancock Bank. That building is soon to be the new Hammond Police Dept.

The building was built by Mr. Buddy Billups in May of 1972 and is located at the corner of South Oak Street and West Morris Street in Hammond. The coin was placed in concrete in front of the front doors of the building in 1972 by Buddy Billups. That $20 gold piece that has been there for more than 40 years.

"I don't know if many people knew about it or anything and that's probably one of the many reasons why we thought it may be somebody local that's always walking, cause it's right off the sidewalk here," said Hammond Police's Lt. Vince Giannoble.

Melanie Ricketts with the Hammond Historic District said they do not know the specifics of the stolen coin, but an imprint left behind shows the gold coin dates back between 1849-1907.

"In very good condition, it's in the $1,800 range. I'm not sure of the condition after it was pried from the space," said Ricketts. "Whoever took the coin was probably interested in the gold weight, which is really a shame because it's really historically more important than it is worth in gold."

Police are asking pawn shops especially to be on the lookout.

Anyone with information about this theft can call the Hammond Police Investigation Division at 985-277-5743.

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