Police looking into claim of $100,000 theft

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

Pelham police investigators are looking into a March 14 theft of property report after a woman claimed $100,000 worth of gold coins were stolen from her safe deposit box at a local bank.

Pelham Police Department Lt. Pete Folmar said the department received a call from an elderly Pelham woman on March 14 claiming the U.S. gold coins were missing from her safe deposit box at the Wells Fargo Bank at 2261 Pelham Parkway.

“As it was reported to us, she said she went to open the safety deposit box, and they (the gold coins) were not there,” Folmar said. “The investigation is still in the initial stages right now. We are doing our best to try to determine what happened.”

Jamie Dexter, a spokeswoman for Wells Fargo’s Southeast region, said the bank is “fully cooperating” with Pelham police, but declined further comment.

“We go to great lengths to protect the integrity of property in safe deposit boxes,” Dexter said.