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Arrests net stolen cash, baseball memorabilia

FBI agents found boxes and boxes of baseball memorabilia, along with more than $400,000 stolen in an Oklahoma armored truck robbery, when they arrested two suspects in a $279-a-night Fort Lauderdale hotel.

"There was a lot of baseball and sports memorabilia in the two-room suite," said Gregory Jones, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Miami division. "The thing that is significant here is the sheer amount of stuff that was in that hotel room, mainly baseball cards."

The money recovered during Friday's arrest was a fraction of the $2.7-million stolen from an armored truck in June. But then, $1.7-million was found Saturday in a storage warehouse in Tallahassee.

Bobby O'Neal Negri Jr., 30, of Prague, Okla., and Michael Brandon Lutz, 23, of Claremore, Okla., were arrested Friday night at a Doubletree Guest Suites along the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale.

Authorities found the men after getting a tip from the television show America's Most Wanted.

Most of the $400,000 recovered from the hotel was in two briefcases, but bags of bills were scattered around the suite and agents found even more cash stuffed in drawers and other areas, Jones said.

The room also had clothes piled halfway up the wall, Jones said.

"I don't think the maid service had access to the room in some time," Jones said.

Negri and Lutz had baseball memorabilia stacked throughout the room, Jones said. He said they did not accumulate many other possessions during their spending spree.

"These guys can quote to you chapter and verse statistics and batting averages," Jones said.

He said he did not know if the two had attended the World Series late last month, but they checked into the hotel at least a month ago.

Negri and Lutz appeared relieved that their lives as fugitives had ended, Jones said.

"They knew it was coming, I think. It was just a matter of time," Jones said. "Maybe a lot of thought went into the pre-robbery activities, but I don't think much thought went into what was going to happen afterward."

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