Judge Doody sentences worker who hid stolen gold in rectum

OTTAWA, Ontario — A former Royal Canadian Mint employee who stole 22 cookie-sized pieces of refined gold by hiding them in his rectum has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Leston Lawrence, 35, was found guilty last November of stealing the pieces from the mint and selling 17 of them through Ottawa Gold Buyers.

Ontario Court judge Peter Doody on Thursday sentenced Lawrence and ordered him to pay a fine of $145,900.

Doody says the stolen gold was worth $127,116.11.

Court testimony indicated that Lawrence was involved in purifying recently procured gold and sometimes worked alone, out of sight of security cameras.

Message in bottle from Englishman, but not Sting

HARVEY CEDARS, N.J. — A man walking his dogs along a New Jersey beach found a bottle that contained a note which appears to have been written by someone from England.

Vince Stango says a recent storm washed away the sand dunes on Harvey Cedars and that's when he spotted the bottle.

Stango tells the Asbury Park Press the note was written on stationery from the Cunard cruise line. The note read: "Found the bottle? Read this note? I'm Stuart, if you wish, call or mail me. Speak or mail soon. England Stuart."

Stango sent a message to an email address that was provided and called two phone numbers in the United Kingdom. So far, no response.


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