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Demetrius’ Olympic gold medal found; alleged perpetrator arrested

  • Allen Jeffrey Nichols, 22, was arrested, and charged with grand theft in the case of Demetrius Pinder’s missing Olympic gold medal. The police now have the medal in their possession. PHOTOS: AP

  • Demetrius Pinder is shown with his gold medal hanging around his neck at the London Olympics Games. The medal was reported stolen on September 11, but the Bradenton Police Department now have it in their possession. Allen Jeffrey Nichols, 22, was arrested and charged with grand theft.

Published: Sep 21, 2013

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BRADENTON, Florida — Bradenton Police have made an arrest in the theft of Demetrius Pinder's Olympic gold medal on September 11, and have recovered it.

The Olympic gold, which hangs from a purple lanyard and has images representing the 2012 London Olympics on both sides with 4x400m inscribed on the bottom portion of the front side, was stolen from Pinder’s truck after he accidentally left it in the center console.

Pinder told 10 News he typically carries the medal with him because he likes to show it to kids and, while its worth is only about $1,000, the emotional value it holds for him is priceless.

On September 19, detectives located the man suspected in the theft, 22-year-old Allen Jeffrey Nichols, in the 2900 block of 6th Avenue West, and he was arrested. At the time of his arrest, Nichols did not have the medal on him.

Good news came Pinder's way by nightfall though, when officials announced they found the medal and had it in their possession. Nichols was charged with grand theft, a second degree felony. Detectives are now seeking further leads to determine if anyone else was involved in the theft.

Pinder won the gold medal, after he along with Chris Brown, Michael Mathieu and Ramon Miller ran a national record time of 2:56.72 to snatch the gold away from the United States of America, who had a 60-year stranglehold on the Olympic title. The U.S. was second, in 2:57.05, and Trinidad and Tobago finished third, in 2:59.40.


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