Cody Blank

HAMILTON — A 19-year-old Missoula man was arrested on felony theft charges Monday after he allegedly “forgot” about $1,473 in coins from a Florence home.

According to court documents, a friend of Cody Blank called the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 18 to report that he and his mother were trying to help Blank get “back on his feet,” but suspected him of stealing his mother’s coin collection.

Blank allegedly admitted taking some of the coins and retrieved a box from his closet containing two plastic bags full of silver dollars and 50-cent pieces worth $199. He was issued a citation for misdemeanor theft.

Later that day, Blank requested an officer stand by while he retrieved the remainder of his personal possessions from the home. When the friend helped Blank move a duffel bag, he heard the sound of rattling coins inside the bag. The friend opened the bag, and allegedly found an additional $1,473 in coins.

“The defendant was again advised of his rights and stated that he ‘forgot’ about the coins in the duffel bag,” Thorin Geist, deputy county attorney, wrote in an affidavit. “The defendant thought the coins belonged to (the friend), who he was not getting along with.”

The total value of the coins taken was $1,963.

Blank was booked into the Ravalli County Detention Center on Nov. 20, and released on his own recognizance.

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