Puzzling theft of over $30,000 in gold and silver from Naples shop

Posted at 6:41 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 18:41:16-04

Over $30,000 worth of gold and silver items were stolen from a shop in Naples, according to a report from the Naples Police Department. The theft happened over the weekend at Naples Estate Liquidators on 2nd Avenue North.

The proprietor of the business told police that she and her partner locked up the store at 6:00 p.m. Friday, and re-opened at around 10:00 a.m. the next morning. That's when she noticed that the gold and silver merchandise was missing from two prominent display cases.  But she said that when she checked the building, nothing appeared to have been disturbed - that all of the doors were locked, and none of the windows were broken. She dismissed the idea that the theft could have been an inside job.

Lynda Maloney, who runs the counter at Twice As Nice Consignments just down the street, said the theft goes way beyond the usual cases of shoplifting.

"Things do go missing, but something on the scale of this...I'm very surprised," Maloney said.

She said the news of the gold and silver theft will make her much security-conscious about her store.

"We sometimes become somewhat complacent," Maloney said. "But now having heard this, I think we've got to be much more vigilant."

Naples Estate Liquidators does not have surveillance cameras. A Naples Police spokesman said that detectives may check the surveillance cameras of the business next door to the store to see if they captured anything suspicious.