A Very Slow Getaway


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A nickel here, a nickel there, pretty soon you’re talking about real money.

Another story culled from the newsfeed. An accurate new story, but one that misses the truth. If you read it, you know what happened. Foul play indeed. The guy stole 3.6 million nickels. I guess in the world of crime, that’s earning your take.
Hats off to Senor Mendoza. Let’s hope he’s enjoying a margarita in the company of friends.

MIAMI, Florida (AP) A truck driver has disappeared with the 3.6 million nickels he was hauling to the Federal Reserve Bank in New Orleans, police said Friday.Angel Ricardo Mendoza, 43, picked up the coins, worth $180,000, December 17 from the Federal Reserve in New Jersey and was supposed to haul the cargo weighing 45,000 pounds to New Orleans for a trucking company subcontracted by the Federal Reserve, police said.
On December 21, Mendoza’s empty truck and trailer turned up at a truck stop in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Miami-Dade police, the FBI and the Federal Reserve police are investigating.
We are concerned for his safety because he’s missing, Miami-Dade Detective Randy Rossman said. We suspect foul play. We are concerned and we are still investigating.
Mendoza lives in Miami-Dade County but has no family in the area. Police said he has a wife in Cuba.

One reply on “A Very Slow Getaway”

  1. Wow, you’ve really been to Fred’s truck stop… Actually, the intro to this piece struck a nerve as I was listening to the pod cast while ‘on the road’ several miles away from Kingman AZ. You even mentioned Hoover Dam (another place I’m well acquainted with)… Well, keep up the interesting stories as you have a listener that does have the trusty MP3 player in the truck. From the wilds of the Colorado River… Dave

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