On 9/7/20 a white male and white female entered “A Coin & Silver Shop” in
Memphis, TN wanting to see gold coins. Both subjects had a thick accent. The
subjects looked at several gold coins and left the shop without making a
purchase. After the subjects left, employees found that a one-ounce gold coin
had been taken and a lesser valued coin had been replaced in the tray. A review
of the camera video shows the subjects making the switch.
The suspects have been tentatively identified by our law enforcement partners in
Europe. A police report has been filed with the Memphis police department and
the investigation is on-going.
The suspects are using the similar MO as used by Romanian gang members who
traveled across the U.S. targeting coin shops several months ago. Shop owners
should share this information with all employees.