$ 48K in gold, silver coins stolen from post office – Port Arthur News
A Dutch man faces up to two years in prison for allegedly stealing and selling $ 48,000 worth of gold and silver coins at a post office in Beaumont.
Christopher Rosas, 39, was indicted this week by a Jefferson County grand jury on the felony charge of state prison.
According to a probable cause affidavit, in 2019, a federal agent in the Harris County Internal Mail Theft Unit of the United States Postal Service began investigating items allegedly stolen from the Walden Post Office. Road in Beaumont.
Several companies that sell gold and silver coins said they sent coins that never reached their destination.
In January 2021, the Beaumont Universal Coin and Bullion company was informed that a stolen coin had been sold to Heartfield’s Fine Jewelry and Rare Coins in Beaumont. The owner of the jewelry store identified Rosas as the seller on the invoice.
Further search revealed 15 invoices bearing the suspect’s name.
Many coins matched the description of those reported stolen by Universal Coin and Bullion.
Law enforcement officials ran the man’s name from the pawnshop’s records and found 68 banknotes containing 86 items, including gold and silver coins.
The pawnshop’s records also included two cell phones which had been mailed and which were believed to be “lost in the mail”.
The affidavit says Rosas is linked to an employee at the Beaumont post office where the thefts took place.
An arrest warrant was issued on February 23, 2001.
Rosas is no longer on the Jefferson County jail list.