BBPD arrests Bradenton woman for coin, jewelry thefts

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Rene Lee of Bradenton

Ten counts of pawning rare coins and jewelry valued at more than $80,000 landed a woman in Manatee County jail May 6.

Rene Lee of Bradenton was arrested at her residence in the 10600 block of Cortez Road West on five counts of dealing in stolen property and five counts of giving false information to a pawn broker.

She posted a $10,500 bond two days later and was released from jail.

Bradenton Beach Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz said Lee stole and pawned vintage coins — silver dollars, half dollars and a 1964 proof set of dimes, nickels and pennies — and jewelry, including gold and diamond rings, earrings, necklaces and pendants.

The items were stolen from her former employer’s condo at Runaway Bay, 1801 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

The owner reported the items missing in April.

The rare items, including “large bags of coins” and jewelry, have been difficult to value, “but the best we’ve been able to come up with is more than $80,000,” Diaz said.

Lee told police the rare items were given to her as gifts from her employer.

According to Diaz, Lee was given a key to the condo so she could clean the residence and her boyfriend could work there for a week.

By November 2018, “the defendant no longer had permission to be in her condo,” but items began to disappear, including $50,000 in rare coins taken from the victim’s safe.

The affidavit states Lee received $4,200 for the victim’s property at Maddog and Buccaneer Pawn in Bradenton in March and April. Only some of the victim’s property has been returned, Diaz said.

Lee’s arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Friday, June 7, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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