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Gold jewelry stolen $10,000

By Taina Kami Enoka

A businesswoman has revealed that her gold jewelries with an estimated value of $10,000 were stolen when her home was robbed Friday last week.  The woman, who asked not to be named, said she and her husband had reported the theft to the Police Police and so far, they have no idea if her jewelry would be recovered.

“The Police told us that they’ve got a lead,” she said.  Although they’ve accepted that they may not recover the jewelry, she said they’re still hoping that the person or people involved are caught.  This was the first time they have been broken into after living in this house for six years.

“He came and took a look around,” she explained.“He helped himself to food in the pantry and kitchen and took the little things…mostly jewelry.” What’s interesting though is that not all the jewelry was taken,” she said.  “The thief went for the solid gold bracelets and rings, including the ones of opal pearl with diamond settings.”

She said the jewelry was not insured.  “It was jewelry that was passed down to her over the years.
“And what’s worse, since the break-in “we don’t feel safe in our own home.”

The woman said she had been told break-ins targeted mainly gold jewelry.  She also said withthe sudden increase in the theft of gold jewelry, she has since been wondering if it has anything to do recent advertisements by gold jewele

rs in Apia seeking to buy gold.

“These people are really out there advertising to buy gold,” she said. “I know they’re running a business. However it seems they are also encouraging people to go out and steal.”

The recent incidents have enraged local businessman Fata Shane Cronin, who said his friends’gold jewelry had also been stolen from their homes.
“I’m hoping that Prime Minister Tuilaepa will shut these gold buyers down,” he said.

He said in his opinion, such a professionshould be left to local companies who have been doing business here for a long time.
“They’ve been here for years,” he said. “They would take one look at you and know whether to buy it.”

Apart from the worry that jewelry worn to evening occasionscould now become a target, Fata believes the prospect of easy money would tempt children to sell their mothers and grandmothers’ jewelries.

Noticing a prediction in an article in the Samoa Observer in August last year that the price of gold could climb to as high as $US1920 ($T3,840) anounce, Fata said he also predicted then that an increase in robberies should be expected.

“I honestly say it is happening now and people are going to be a lot more bolder,” he said.
“I hope the Prime Minister takes note and shuts that business down.”

Last Friday, Jeweler and owner of Treasure Box, Christa Szegedi, told Samoan Observer“we hold onto jewelry for a minimum of a month, for security purposes.
“We still have jewelry from December that we will begin to melt this month,” she said.

She said they also have purchases made in January and February in case there are any claims.
In the past, she revealed, “we’ve turned away people who turned up looking suspicious.”

 

 

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