Olympic medal stolen in Bradenton still not recovered

HERALD STAFF REPORTSeptember 13, 2013 

BRADENTON -- A gold medal won at the 2012 London Olympic Games, which authorities say was stolen from an athlete training at Bradenton's IMG Academies, was not recovered Friday.

Three detectives are trying to canvass local pawn shops to see if the medal belonging to Olympic athlete Demetrius Pinder from the Bahamas' 4x400 relay team was pawned, Capt. William Fowler of the Bradenton Police Department said Friday.

Pinder said he usually carries the medal with him, but left it in his locked truck Tuesday night at his residence at the Springs of Palma Sola, in the 4600 block of 66th Street West.

The perpetrators, who also took Pinder's wallet and iPad, were able to get into the truck without breaking the window or door lock, Fowler said.

Pinder estimates the value of the gold medal at $42,000.

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