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Grandfather in Las Vegas kidnapping case arrested in Southland

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Cole Puffinburger

The heart wrenching story of a 6-year-old boy kidnapped from his Las Vegas home, allegedly to settle a multi-million dollar drug deal gone sour, now has a Southern California connection. The boy’s grandfather, a person of interest in the case, is in the Central Detention Center in the city of San Bernardino today after being arrested in Riverside by U.S. Marshals last night.

There is a nationwide Amber Alert for young Cole Puffinburger. I spotted a huge billboard flashing that Amber Alert at La Brea Avenue and Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles, last night. Sitting in traffic, waiting to make a right turn onto La Brea, I read the Amber Alert on the billboard and was surprised at how quickly it had been added to the rotation, which involved mostly promotions and advertisements. 

The first grader was snatched on Wednesday, October 15. At least two suspects posed as cops, then reportedly ransacked Cole’s home, apparently in search of a money cache. When none was found, they tied up Cole’s mother and her boyfriend; and fled with the boy.

The face of young Cole with his bright smile and silver-rimmed glasses is hard to forget, which is one of the reasons for the Amber Alert. Cole is described as weighing about 48 pounds, 3-foot-11, with blond hair and blue eyes.






Clemons Fred Tinnemeyer

Earlier, Las Vegas authorities indicated the abduction may be drug related. Some reports say Cole’s grandfather, Clemons Fred Tinnemeyer, may have stiffed a Mexican drug cartel for as much as $20 million. At a news conference, Las Vegas Metro Police Captain Vincent Cannito said, “this is as bad as it gets.”

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s website information page on Tinnemeyer is sketchy, but it does say the 51-year-old grandfather is being held without bail.  

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3 Responses to Grandfather in Las Vegas kidnapping case arrested in Southland

  1. Monica Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 3:21 pm #

    I really pray to God that they find this little boy. In Mexico these children are never found alive, but hopefully here in the U.S it can be different. I believe that our law enforcement will do everything that’s in their power to do to find little Cole.

  2. untreatable Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm #

    I really hope that this ends well but it really does not seem like it is going to. The part where the bad guys went to the extent of dressing up as police officers to abduct this child speaks to a more sinister nature. The grandfather is obviously hiding something and it is a shame that his wrongdoing effects a six year old child.

  3. Kerri Beaudoin Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 7:14 pm #

    I hope that this boy is found alive. I pray that some kind of miracle will happen for him. And I hope that all the jerks who love their druggie life style think of him and others like him that are innocent victims because of the choices that drug users and obviously drug dealers make.

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