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TRAIL OF RARE COINS PROVIDES THE CLUES

Pieces stolen from a home are dropped like crumbs.

Two teens broke into a Brandon home and carried off at least $100,000 worth of rare coins, according to the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office.

The coins belonged to the Dempsey family, a Brandon couple who have coins that date to the 1800s, Catherine Dempsey said.

The Dempseys weren't home when thieves broke open their patio door in early June. A neighbor saw two teens carting off coins and family jewelry and called deputies.

Deputies followed a trail of dropped coins through an apartment complex and found the teens, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. Investigators interviewed both teens and found coins inside the home of the 15-year-old boy, she said.

Deputies arrested Devon Sims, 17, of 4010 E Hanna Ave. on June 7 and the 15-year-old Hillsborough County teen on June 5. Both were taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center, Carter said.

The St. Petersburg Times is withholding the second boy's name because of his age.

Sims was booked into the Hillsborough County jail on Monday, charged with grand theft of $100,000 or more and burglary of a dwelling.

He remained in jail Tuesday on $22,500 bail, records show.

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