gemstones.jpg
Pierce County detectives say thieves stole thousands of rare gemstones like those pictured during a University Place car break in. (Crimestopper image)

Thieves steal thousands of precious gems in Pierce County robbery

The search is on in Pierce County for thousands of gemstones stolen during a car break in.

Pierce County Sheriff's detectives say the victim left a metal briefcase in a truck parked at the Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place. The thief or thieves broke in and stole approximately 3,000 Oregon sunstone gemstones, two gold sunstone rings, thirty silver sunstone rings, a gold bracelet containing 34 multi-colored sunstones, an iPhone 4 and a Kindle Fire.

Detectives aren't disclosing the value of the gems stolen.

Police say the thieves also stole a suitcase containing the victim's son's ashes during the April 9, 2013 robbery. Investigators say they were anonymously mailed back to the victim several days later.

Crimestoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County is offering a reward of up to $1,000 leading to the arrest and charges filed against the person responsible for the theft.


Josh Kerns, MyNorthwest.com Reporter
Josh Kerns is an award winning reporter/anchor and host of KIRO Radio's Seattle Sounds (Sunday afternoons 5-6p) and a digital content producer for MyNorthwest.com.
Top Stories

  • Bad Idea
    The man behind a staged child abduction apologizes for scaring young kids, parents

  • Oso Clean
    An army of volunteers is making sure mudslide searchers get to put on warm, dry clothes

  • Vacation Time
    Two airlines are battling for your business and you're the winner
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know a student who stands out in the classroom, school and community?
Help make their dreams come true by nominating them for a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to earn a $10,000 Grand Prize. Brought to you by KIRO Radio and Comprehensive Wealth Management.

Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.