Southern California police said they made a surprising find when they approached a woman to help her when she appeared to be struggling to push her stroller.
Officers with the Bakersfield Police said they approached Darren Fritz, 29, to “check on her welfare” when they discovered she wasn’t pushing a baby in her stroller but rather bags filled with over $6,000 in coins that she allegedly stole in a burglary.
When the woman was approached by officers on the 5100 block of Ojai Court, she allegedly attempted to flee.
The Bakersfield Police Department (BPD) shared a photograph on Twitter of their findings, which showed multiple clear evidence bags stuffed with quarters.
“Two BPD detectives saw a woman struggling to push a baby stroller,” the department tweeted on Sept. 20.
Two BPD detectives saw a woman struggling to push a baby stroller. They went to check her welfare and discovered the stroller didn’t contain a child… but instead held over 6K in coins taken in a burglary. The woman, Darrin Fritz, was arrested for burglary and other charges. pic.twitter.com/9ZmeO6tYLM
— Bakersfield Police (@bakersfieldpd) September 20, 2019
The 29-year-old was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest, and two outstanding misdemeanor warrants.
After Fritz was apprehended, officers made their way to a property at the 3900 block of Dalehurst Drive, where she had allegedly just burglarized, the BPD said in a press release.
According to ABC News, as of Sept. 22, she was being held on $65,000 bail.
It was not immediately clear if Fritz had an attorney who could speak on her behalf.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.
Thieves Steal $2.5m in Coins From Open Vault
In a separate incident last month, armed robbers stole gold coins with a value of at least $2.5 million from a vault which had been left open at a government coin manufacturer in Mexico City.
One armed robber threw a security officer to the ground and took his gun, while another robber took 1,567 gold coins from the open vault and put them into a backpack.
According to Mexican bank Banorte, the coins, known as “centenarios,” trade for 31,500 pesos ($1,610) apiece, despite having a face value of 50 pesos—giving the stolen coins a value of at least $2.5 million.
The coins, 1.46 inches in diameter, have a gold fineness of 0.900, or 90 percent purity.
Primary investigations showed security protocols at the mint were not followed, according to a statement from Mexico City’s Secretariat of Public Security, obtained by CNN en Español.
Two members of staff who were working at the time and the guard were taken in for questioning, the statement added.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.
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Author: Isabel van Brugen