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Florida man charged with stealing, burying $400,000 in coins

Posted at 9:46 AM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 07:54:10-04

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) — Deputies in Florida's Panhandle discovered $400,000 in stolen coins that were buried in a backyard.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says 37-year-old Stephen Barnes was charged this week with grand larceny.

Investigators say Barnes took the silver coins from a safe at his mother's home. They belonged to his mother's estranged husband, who had promised them to her as part of a divorce settlement.

Barnes' mother, Brenda Barnes, told investigators she didn't know what had happened to the coins.

Deputies tell television station WMBB that Barnes later confessed to taking the coins, saying he was mad at his mother's estranged husband for the hurt he had caused hurt during divorce proceedings.

The coins were found not far away — in his mother's backyard.

Court records show he has no attorney.

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