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Thieves Steal $18,000 Of Nickels From Florida Home

02/26/2015 01:52 pm ET | Updated Feb 26, 2015

If you've seen someone carrying around $18,000 worth of nickels, police in North Naples, Florida, want to talk with you.

Investigators said 183 boxes filled with bankrolls of nickels were stolen February 15 during a house party held in a gated community.

The five cent coins were stored in blue and white boxes that were the size of large bricks, Fox4Now reports.

About 360,000 nickels were stolen, weighing 3,968 pounds.

Police are asking local banks and businesses with coin-counting machines to report anyone who attempts to change an exceptionally large amount of nickels into larger bills, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Thieves also made off with a .12-gauge shotgun, a .45-caliber firearm and miscellaneous ammunition in addition to the nickels, CBS Miami reports.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 252-9300, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 780-8477.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly estimated the weight of the nickels as 200 pounds.

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