Thieves broke into a lighting store in Grass Valley and used the business’ own dolly to make off with a 6-foot bronze Tiffany lamp that retails for $10,000.
David Boynton, the owner of Illumination The Lamp Doctor on East Main Street, discovered the break-in New Year’s Eve morning, according to dispatch reports.
“They threw a big rock through the front plate glass window,” said Boynton’s stepfather, Arnold Goldberg.
“They managed to get the cash register opened, which had a spare door key.”
They then opened the front door and used the dolly to steal the lamp, which Goldberg said weighed more than 200 pounds. The burglars also took about $300 in the register and a bank bag with an estimated $1,800 in checks, as well as the register itself and a few other items, including a new set of gear wrenches.
“They rifled through every cabinet, every drawer,” Goldberg said, adding that they took the time to drink a bottle of water and a diet Dr. Pepper they found in a fridge.
But the big-ticket item definitely was the floor lamp, which featured a “magnificent” Tiffany glass shade and a bronze mermaid riding a dolphin.
“The lamp is so unique they would have to chop it up for brass or try to peddle it,” Goldberg said.
Goldberg is hoping the piece turns up, however.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Grass Valley Police Department at (530) 477-4600.
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