Thieves nab more than $5m in artwork, jewelry

Thieves nab more than $5m in artwork, jewelry
Elaborate necklace and bracelet sets valued at $100,000 per set were also stolen. The residents were not at home during the time of the break in. Courtesy photo

RANCHO SANTA FE — The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and Crime Stoppers are turning to the public for help in locating suspects that broke into a residence, stealing more than $5 million in artwork and jewelry. 

The break in occurred between 9 a.m. on June 17 and 6 a.m. on June 18.

The residents, who were not home at the time of the break in, filed the report June 18, according to Detective Brett Garrett.

Garrett said the suspects possibly entered through a sliding door at the residence. The home didn’t have any security systems installed and was in a gated portion of the community.

A sculpture by artist Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof was stolen from a Rancho Santa Fe home sometime between June 17 and June 18. Courtesy photo

A sculpture by artist Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof was stolen from a Rancho Santa Fe home sometime between June 17 and June 18. Courtesy photo

Eleven paintings, including one Claude Monet print and one Camille Pissarro print were stolen. All of the paintings were valued at more than $1 million.

Also stolen were gold, diamond, tourmaline, cabochon, citrine necklace and bracelet sets valued at $100,000 per set.

Chinese sculptures and sculptures by artist Andreas von Zadora-Geflof were also taken.

At this time, Garrett doesn’t believe there is any connection between this break in and others that have taken place in the area previously.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

Anonymous emails and text messages may be sent via the Crime Stoppers website at sdcrimestoppers.com, or by calling (888) 580-8477.

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