An employee with the armed car service Brink’s has pled guilty to one of the heftiest heists ever, making off with 784,000 quarters from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, worth $196,000.
Like… What the fuck would you do with all those quarters? You can’t walk into the bank down the street with nearly 10,000 rolls of quarters saying you found them.
Stephen Lancaster Dennis committed the crime in winter 2014, the Justice Department announced yesterday.
Brink’s stored U.S. currency and coin belonging to its customers, including the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, at Brink’s facility in Birmingham. As a money processing manager at the facility, Dennis had access to the Federal Reserve Coin Inventory. As part of that inventory, quarters were stored in ballistic bags, each containing $50,000. The bags were stored on skids inside Brink’s Coin Room.
An April 2014 audit of the Federal Reserve Coin Inventory revealed that four of the ballistic bags contained beads and only $1,000 in quarters. The quarters were placed so they would be visible through a plastic window in the neck of each bag.
An investigation revealed that on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, not a scheduled workday for Dennis, he entered Brink’s and collected four empty skids and four empty ballistic bags, which he filled with beads. He then placed the skids and the bags inside the coin room. Between Jan. 1, 2014, and Feb. 20, 2014, his last day of employment at Brink’s, Dennis stole the 784,000 quarters totaling $196,000.
THAT’S 10,000 POUNDS OF QUARTERS.
Who the fuck does that? Who has that space in their house?
Now, not only is he going to jail, he’d getting dunked on by the U.S. government.
“This defendant may have thought he had quite a haul when he took nearly $200,000 in quarters from the Federal Reserve’s coin storage at Brink’s, but now he carries a heavier load. He must repay the money and face a federal sentence,” [ U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance] said.
And you ain’t got no quarters no more.
Denis pled guilty to one count of bank theft, which carries the possibility of a 10-year sentence.
[H/T The Washington Post]