Gold and silver taken in Sedona burglary

SEDONA -- Just before 8 p.m. Dec. 9, Yavapai Sheriff's deputies were called to the 11500 block of Boynton Pass Road in Sedona on a report of a residential burglary.

The resident was waiting outside after finding glass in a back door had been smashed out. The woman had been out of the house for over five hours and all doors were locked when she left.

Believing someone may still be inside, she waited with a neighbor until deputies could safely check the house. When no suspects were found, the victim began checking to determine if any property had been stolen.

Although the house was not ransacked, the victim did notice a storage room door had been pried open and a large collection of gold and silver pieces valued in the thousands were gone.

The stolen property includes 7,000 one-ounce 2011 American Silver Eagle coins in plastic sleeves, 12 bags of 1920-1963 silver coins at 5, 10, and 25 cents, 15 South African Krugerands, 20 10-pound bars of silver, 20 5-pound bars of silver, 30 American Gold Eagles and gold Canadian Maple Leaves, 10-ounce and 6-ounce bars of silver with Johnson Matthey and Engelhard stamps and $80,000 cash in bank envelopes. The total exact value of these items is still being determined.

YCSO is seeking anyone with information on this burglary to contact Detective John Johnson at 928-554-8575 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Callers to Silent Witness remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward if an arrest is made in the case.

The SO delayed releasing details of the crime while pursuing leads. While still working leads, detectives are now seeking input from the public on this burglary.

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