Police: Olympic medal stolen from vehicle in Bradenton

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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. - Bradenton Police are investigating a theft of international proportions. Police say an Olympic gold medal from the 2012 London Summer Games was stolen out of a pickup truck at an apartment complex.

It happened on Wednesday at the Springs at Palma Sola complex on 66th Street West.

According to Bradenton Police, sprint athlete Demetrius Pinder reported the stolen medal, saying it was taken out of his Dodge pickup truck from the center console. The medal is valued at over $40,000.

Pinder told police he always locks his vehicle and that there were no signs of forced entry.

"It meant the world to me, you know.  But to look on the bright side, I am always going to be an Olympian. I am always going to be a gold medalist, but the hardware is to show that I have it. It broke me up, it tears me up, but I still have to get up every day and go to practice and do what I have to do to try to get the next one come 2016 in Brazil," said Pinder.

Pinder was part of the Bahamian 4x400 relay team that won the medal.  He has been training for the last six onths at IMG in Bradenton with the Director of Track & Field.

He told ABC 7 until Tuesday night, he always kept his gold medal with him.  “Every time I move from the house, I take it out of the house, actually, I move from the car, I take it out of the car. Just this one particular night, I didn’t take it out of my car just by accident.”

Bradenton Police ask anyone with any information about the Gold Medal to call the police station at 941-932-9300 or Crime Stoppers of Manatee County.