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22-year-old man sought in theft of gold medal in Bradenton

A 22-year-old man is being sought by the Bradenton police in last week’s theft of an Olympic gold medal from a truck.

Police have a warrant for the arrest of Allen Jeffery Nichols of Bradenton in relation to the theft of the medal from a pickup on Sept. 11.

Demetrius Rashad Pinder, 24, reported the theft from his 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 that was parked in the 4600 block of 66th St. W., police said.

He said the medal, which he won as a member of the winning 4x400 relay team at the 2012 Summer Games in London, was in the truck the night before.

The medal, which was valued at $45,000, has “London 2012” and “4x400” inscribed on the front and hangs from a purple lanyard. The medal has the figure of a woman on the front and other graphics on the back.

Anyone with information on Nichols is asked to call Detective Dennis French at (941) 932-9300. Or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (866) 634-8477 or send an anonymous E-Tip thru the web at www.manateecrimestoppers.com.

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