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Thieves Cut Holes In Roof, Grab $1 Million In Gold

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Gold bars (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

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PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) — Police say it took sophisticated burglars to steal about $1 million worth of jewelry and gold from a business in Puyallup, Washington.

KOMO-TV reports that police called to a business called Gold Definitions on Monday found that burglars had cut several holes in the roof of a complex that houses the jewelry store and other businesses. Then they lowered themselves into two of the jewelry store’s neighbors.

Once inside, police say the intruders removed sections of walls that led them in to Gold Definitions.

They also cut away a portion of the wall that gave them access to a large safe containing more than $1 million in jewelry and gold.

The News Tribune reports that police say the stolen jewelry included items the store purchased as well as items customers brought in to be repaired or appraised.

From surveillance footage, police believe the entire weekend operation took roughly four hours.

Detective Mike Lusk says the store does have insurance to compensate victims.

 

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