Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Coingate Gets Weird

You know, it's starting to bother me that this isn't getting more play on TV,not because it's important and important stories deserve to be covered (I'm not that naive), but because it's a fun story. Great TV. Wacky cast of characters. Interesting plot development.

COLUMBUS — The suburban Denver home of a former employee of Tom Noe was burglarized over the weekend, with thieves making off with artwork, guns, jewelry, cars, and $300,000 in wine — possibly purchased with money from the state of Ohio.

Michael Storeim, a suspect in a Colorado criminal probe into Ohio’s missing coins, reported Monday night the valuables had been taken from his Evergreen, Colo., home while he was vacationing with his wife.

Investigators from the Jefferson County, Colo., Sheriff’s Office on June 3 took custody of 3,500 bottles of wine valued at $500,000, and seized hundreds of rare coins, 265 Cuban cigars, computers, and documents from Mr. Storeim’s home and office as part of a criminal investigation.

The wine was left in a locked cellar in the home, but police had changed the locks.