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Undercover operation nets arrests in $10K silver robbery

Three men were arrested last week when they tried selling $10,000 worth of silver bars robbed from a Largo coin shop to undercover officers in Tampa, Largo Police said.

Von Karl James, 50, Victor Rochhi, 22, both of Tampa, and Randy Isbel, 28, of Clearwater, are accused of displaying a gun and zip-tying the hands of two store employees as they took thousands of dollars worth of silver and currency from Glenn’s Rare Coins, 16072 U.S. Highway 19 N. in Largo, on June 24, police said.

The employees recognized the suspects as previous customers and were able to provide a phone number used by the suspects in the past, police said.

On June 26, a different Largo coin dealer alerted police they were called by someone trying to sell $10,000 worth of silver bars. That call came from the same number associated with the suspects, police said.

Detectives called the suspects, who wanted to set up a meeting in Hillsborough County to sell the silver, police said.

With the assistance of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, undercover officers met the suspects in the lobby of the Sheraton Tampa East Hotel where the men laid out the merchandise on a table and negotiated a price, police said.

The men were then arrested and charged with dealing in stolen property and conspiracy to deal in stolen property in Hillsborough County. They also face charges of armed robbery in Pinellas County.

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