Bradenton police haul in gold medal theft suspect

September 19, 2013 

BRADENTON — The suspect in the theft of an Olympic gold medal valued at $42,000 was in Bradenton Police Department custody Monday afternoon.

Allen Nichols, 22, was picked up in the 2900 block of Sixth Avenue West. He did not have the medal on his person when he was arrested, said Bradenton police Capt. William Fowler.

“We are interviewing him (Nicholas) as we speak (at 5:30 p.m. Thursday) so I can’t tell you yet if he knows where it is,” Fowler said of the medal.

The Bradenton police obtained an arrest warrant on Nichols for grand theft Wednesday after following up on anonymous tips, Fowler said.

The gold medal belongs to sprinter Demetrius Pinder who won it as part of the 4X400 replay team from the Bahamas in the 2012 London Summer Games.

Pinder has been training at Bradenton’s IMG Academies and lives at The Springs of Palma Sola, in the 4600 block of 66th Street West, which is where he reported the medal stolen from his truck Sept. 11, according to a police report.

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