"Sophisticated" burglars take $1 million in gold, jewelry from Puyallup shop

Staff writerJune 3, 2014 

Burglars investigators say were “very sophisticated” took roughly $1 million in jewelry and gold from a Puyallup business, police said Tuesday.

Officers called to Gold Definitions in the 4600 block of South Meridian Street about 8:45 a.m. Monday discovered the business had been burglarized.

Surveillance cameras showed at least three people cut holes in the roofs of adjoining businesses, as well as in several walls, to gain access to the shop. They stole the gold and jewelry during a four-hour period just after midnight Sunday, police said.

The stolen jewelry was a mix of items the store had purchased and what customers had brought in to be repaired or appraised, police said.

“That’s the devastating part,” Det. Mike Lusk said. “They have to call dozens and dozens of individual victims and tell them that their wedding ring was stolen. That can’t be replaced with a dollar value.”

He said the store does have insurance to compensate victims.

Police initially said the burglary amounted to a loss of $200,000, but when the store started reviewing records, they quickly realized the total was about five times that.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 253-770-3343.

alexis.krell@thenewstribune.com

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