Foreign currency tip leads investigators to thief

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 2, 2015

A juvenile who allegedly stole foreign currency from a car parked at the hospital was arrested Wednesday.

Andalusia Police Chief Paul Hudson said officers arrested a 16-year-old male for breaking and entering of a vehicle and theft of property I.

Hudson said that on Sept. 21, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., a vehicle was broken into at the hospital.

“The vehicle was accidently left unlocked and the offender went into the vehicle and took a bag containing several items,” he said. “Inside the bag was some foreign currency that isn’t seen much in this area.”

Hudson said investigators began the next day attempting to locate the foreign money by contacting the local banks to find out if the foreign money had been exchanged.

“None of the banks had accepted any currency of that nature at the time officers made the inquiry,” he said. “A few days later, investigators were called by a local bank and advised that a person was attempting to exchange some of the foreign currency that had been taken from the vehicle several days before.”

Hudson said that investigators from Sgt. Roger Cender’s shift responded to the bank to identify the persons exchanging the money.

“Officers made contact with the persons exchanging the money and detained them for further investigation,” he said. “The subjects were transported to the Andalusia Police Department where they were interviewed in reference to the money. The investigation, along with the interviews, determined the juvenile to be the person who stole the items form the car and was attempting to exchange the currency.”

Hudson reminds locals that if they are going to leave valuables in vehicles, to attempt to conceal them and make sure the vehicle is secure before leaving it unattended.