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Caper of the Krugerrand
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By Jason Collins

Bee-Picayune staff

BEEVILLE – A robbery investigation in Corpus Christi led to Beeville, where a 33-year-old Sinton man was arrested and ultimately sentenced in connection with selling stolen coins.

Bryant Ember Burch pleaded no contest last month in front of District Judge M.E. “Mike” Welborn to the charge of theft and was sentenced to five years deferred adjudication and a $1,000 fine.

According to a Bee County Sheriff’s Office report, an investigator received a call from a retired Goliad investigator, who was helping a Corpus Christi man find some of the items stolen from his office on Aug. 9, 2010.

The call, though, wasn’t about Bryant Burch but his brother, Jason Burch.

At that time, Jason Burch was in jail on charges of stealing copper wire and impersonating a peace office. His indictment accused him of telling a woman that he was an undercover officer conducting a sting operation and he needed to use the copper wire she had in her possession to catch a thief.

Thanks to a system called Leads on Line, the investigators were able to see that Jason Burch had recently pawned or sold numerous pieces of jewelry, scrap gold and loose diamonds at pawn shops in Beeville.

This was also how investigators were able to connect Bryant Burch. Starting on Aug. 7, 2010, he too began selling gold coins at pawn shops, according to a report.

Investigators were able to track down some of the gold Krugerrands, diamonds and at least one wedding ring set before they were sold by the companies.

Investigators questioned Bryant Burch about the coins he pawned.

The investigator wrote that Bryant Burch said that he had purchased the coins at a coin and stamp show held several years ago at the Expo Center. While he couldn’t specifically say where the jewelry came from, he often purchases and sells those type of items purchasing them at pawn shops and estate sales.

One call by the investigator put a hole in his alibi.

Shelby Rosales, who was managing the Expo Center, told the investigator, “To her knowledge, there has never been a coin and stamp show booked at the Expo Center.”

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.
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