Foam-rubber gold bars fool man who burglarized shop


Fake promotional gold bars apparently appeared so much like the real thing that someone broke into a western Michigan flooring shop to take them.

WXMI-TV reports Old to Gold Hardwood Floors owner Rowdy Lapham arrived at work May 21 to find his store in Grand Rapids burglarized. Foam rubber gold bars featuring the company’s logo were strewn about.

A rock was used to break through a window around 2 a.m. May 20. The burglar was seen on surveillance video roaming through the shop.

Employee Nick Butler tells WZZM-TV that the thief may have walked past a window and saw the stack of bars and “thought, wow, someone forgot to put these gold bars away.”

The squeezable bars are for stress relief. Butler says the company’s motto is stress-free flooring.

Man serving 660 years for money laundering wants gold back


A Rhode Island man serving a 660-year prison sentence for laundering money for a Colombian drug cartel wants the federal government to give back millions of dollar’s worth of gold bars, jewelry and cash it had seized during his arrest in 1991.

The Providence Journal reports Stephen Saccoccia and his wife, Donna, are challenging the federal order that forced them to pay nearly $140 million for their crimes.

Stephen Saccoccia argues he legally obtained certain assets the government seized to pay back the debt, including dozens of gold bars buried in the couple’s backyard and valuables stowed in safe deposit boxes in Europe.

Saccoccia is now 60 years old. His release from prison would be in 2567. Donna Saccoccia was sentenced to 14 years and was released in 2004.

Associated Press

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