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Trio of burglars hit Old Town Auburn goldsmith

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Burglars broke the glass door with hammers at an Old Town Auburn’s Sierra Moon Goldsmiths early Tuesday and then escaped with silver from front display cases. But owners John Lynch and Linda Pierce said that the three participants in the early morning theft left without the more valuable gold pieces that were secured inside the 107 Sacramento St. store’s vault. The break-in occurred at 3 a.m. Footage from a video surveillance camera showed the thieves smashing the front glass with hammers, entering and then breaking glass in display cases to take less-valuable pieces that had not been stored in the store vault. Auburn Police responded to the scene after the alarm went off and they were joined shortly after by the owners. Capt. John Ruffcorn said the three burglars were wearing black hoodies and black gloves during the break-in. While the Sierra Moon silver was covered by a cloth, Ruffcorn said that with the rising price of metals, the burglary highlights the need for businesses to keep anything of value out of sight after hours. The Golden Swann in Old Town Auburn has also been hit by thieves within the past month. A man and a woman entered the Lincoln Way jewelry store April 7 and stole more than $21,000 worth of jewelry. Ruffcorn said that theft remains under investigation. It was a long day for Sierra Moon staff Tuesday, with the business staying open and glass repair, alarm and surveillance technicians visiting. The items stolen were covered by insurance and the owners declined to estimate their value. “We had taken the valuable pieces out and anything our customers had brought in was safe,” Lynch said. “They didn’t get much.”