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$10,000 lamp returned to Grass Valley owner

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A collaborative law enforcement effort yielded the return of a stolen 6-foot-tall bronze Tiffany lamp that retails for $10,000 to its Grass Valley owner.

Sacramento authorities discovered the lamp during the search of a parolee’s residence in Orangevale, said Sgt. Steve Johnson with the Grass Valley Police Department.

Timothy Beard, 33, was also found to be in possession of numerous stolen computers, cameras, smartphones, televisions and three ounces of methamphetamine, Johnson said.

“Whether some of these items were given to him in exchange for narcotics is still under investigation,” Johnson said.

Some of those stolen goods have already been traced back to Grass Valley, Johnson noted.

The estimated value of the non-narcotic stolen items totaled more than $25,000, Johnson said.

The estimated street value of the drugs is in the tens of thousands of dollars, Johnson said.

“The most notable item was the 6-foot tall lamp,” Johnson said.

The lamp was discovered stolen by David Boynton, the owner of Illumination The Lamp Doctor, New Year’s Eve morning, according to dispatch reports.

The thief, or thieves, broke the business’ front plate-glass window, pried open the cash register to take $300 cash and nearly $2,000 in checks, then used the store’s own dolly to steal the lamp, said Boynton’s stepfather, Arnold Goldberg.

The stolen lamp, which weighed more than 200 pounds, featured a bronze mermaid riding a dolphin and a Tiffany glass shade.

“We were glad to see it, except that they broke the shade pretty bad. The rest is salvageable, and that is what is important anyway,” Goldberg said.

“Hopefully, we can get it repaired,” Goldberg added. “We’re just really happy to see it back.”

Recovery of the stolen goods stemmed from cooperation of Sacramento police, Nevada County and Placerville sheriffs’ offices, the California Highway Patrol, the FBI and the California Department of Corrections.

“Everyone played a role in bringing it all together,” Johnson said.

“This was a real collaborative investigation all along the way with numerous agencies that chipped in to help out.”

Beard, on parole for previous charges of sale of narcotics and burglary, was denied bail Thursday and was still in the Sacramento County Jail as of press time Friday on charges of possession of stolen property, possession of narcotics for sale and parole violation, according to Johnson and the jail’s website.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email crosacker@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.

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