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Emily Welker, Published August 20 2013

Fargo man charged with coin theft from UPS hub

FARGO – A Fargo man has been charged in the theft from the UPS shipping center here of more than $65,000 worth of gold and silver coins being shipped by Treasure Island Coins to a customer.

Nickolas Allen Pulicicchio, 35, of Fargo, was charged Tuesday in Cass County District Court with one count of Class C felony theft of property.

Court documents filed in the case state a UPS worker reported to Fargo police on July 3 that there had been three thefts over the past three months from the UPS facility at 3911 12th Ave. N.

All of the thefts involved high-value packages being shipped from Dakota Depository Company, which shares a site with Treasure Island Coins, 1429 42nd St. S., to various customers.

The first theft, which was of 20 American Eagle gold coins worth $33,797, was on April 15. The second, of 100 American Eagle silver coins worth $2,570, was on June 6. The third was six days after that. Twenty Canadian Maple Leaf gold coins worth $28,840 were stolen.

Court documents state Pulicicchio’s stepsister, Rebecca Keller, told police he came to her apartment with two containers of silver coins and asked her to keep two of the coins, then later gave her two more gold coins to hold onto. He then took back the containers of coins he brought with him.

Keller said a couple of days later Pulicicchio, who had been drinking at the time, told her the FBI was looking for the coins, and to keep quiet about them.

The police report states the silver coins Keller had were an exact match for some of the coins missing from UPS. Keller said another set, the gold coins, were placed in the Dilworth bank after she gave them to her father for safekeeping. When he turned the gold coins over to the police, they were an exact match for the stolen Canadian Maple Leaf coins.

Keller told police that Pulicicchio was best friends with someone who worked at UPS.

Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel said the case was solved due to the hard work of police following up on valuable tips that came in from the public.

Pulicicchio was arrested at Federal Express, his place of employment, and charged with being in possession of $2,900 worth of the coins.

Pulicicchio’s bail was set at $500. His next court appearance is set for September 12.

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Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541