2 people arrested in coin theft case

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ALPINE -- Investigators in Utah County may have solved the burglary of more than $12,000 worth of gold coins. Two people have been arrested in connection with this twisted case.

Lone Peak police detectives didn't want to comment on the case because they say it is still under investigation, but court documents tell the story of the stolen gold coins, some of which appear to have been stolen twice.

The case began back on April 10 when police say 27-year-old Alexis Vanderhoeven burglarized a home in Alpine and took $12,000 in coins.

She was arrested a week ago and booked into jail, and from her interview with detectives, she directed them to a storage unit complex in Provo.

2 people arrested in coin theft case

Police contacted the person who leased the unit, Kip Gneiting. He is said to have opened the unit for police, who found a suitcase with gold and silver coins.

According to the probable cause statement, Gneiting claimed he had inherited the coins.

Two days later, detectives got a tip Gneiting had gold coins at the relative's home he was staying in. It turns out Gneiting had stolen some of the coins from Vanderhoeven, who took them in the first place.

She remains in jail on several charges and has a long criminal history. Gneiting has posted bail and is out of the county jail.

Vanderhoeven was charged yesterday with felony burglary and theft. Charges against Gneiting are still pending.

E-mail: spenrod@ksl.com

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