ABC Online is reporting on an amazing heist at the Mint in which it is alleged over $500 a week was smuggled out in $2 coins hidden in a lunchbox and in workboots.
The AFP have put out a media release (text below) but haven’t put it online yet.
Surely security in THE PLACE THEY MAKE THE SODDING MONEY should have anticipated and prevented this? Frankly I hope a lot of people lose their jobs. This country is plagued by slack, incompetent, arse-monkeys and death is frankly too good for them.
Royal Australian Mint theft charge
A 48-year-old Canberra man was last night charged with the theft of more than $6000 from the Royal Australian Mint.
Following a joint Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victoria Police operation, the man was arrested at a premises in Bendigo.
It is alleged he stole between $500 to $700 per week by concealing minted $2 coins in his work-boots and lunch-box.
Following his arrest, two search warrants were executed at addresses in the ACT and Queanbeyan, NSW. At the Queanbeyan address, AFP members located and seized over $100,000 in minted coins.
The man has been charged by members of Victoria Police with Theft of Commonwealth Property Under Section 131.1, Criminal Code 1995. The maximum for this offence is imprisonment for ten years.
The man was remanded in custody and will appear before the Bendigo Local Court on Wednesday 15 February 2006.