BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have recovered a 2012 London Olympics gold medal that was reported stolen earlier this month by a Bahamian sprinter living in the Tampa Bay area.
Bradenton police say 22-year-old Allen Jeffery Nichols was arrested Thursday and charged with theft from a vehicle. The medal was located several hours later and returned to 24-year-old Demetrius Pinder on Friday.
Pinder says he left it in its case in the center console of his truck, which was parked outside his apartment. He explains that he usually keeps the medal with him but forget to bring it inside the night of Sept. 10.
During the London games, Pinder was a member of 4X400 relay team for the Bahamas, where he grew up. Pinder ran track at Texas A&M and currently trains at IMG Academy in Bradenton.
Other arrests may follow.