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99 Years Ago: Burglars Pull Off Daring Jewelry Theft on Broadway

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, April 11, 2011, at 10:53AM
Broadway at 6th California Historical Society / USC Digital Archives [digitallibrary.usc.edu]

On April 11, 1912, burglars pulled off a jewlery theft that police called "one of the boldest ever perpetrated in the downtown district." Several thousand dollars worth of jade mounted in gold was taken from the Sing Fat curio store at 615 S. Broadway by men who cut through a partition from an adjoining store to gain entry.

The men worked for two hours undetected, even as a night watchmen checked on the front of the store hourly.

The only clue that police were left with was that one of the burglars must have been a slender man, since the store-to-store cut was only ten inches high.

99 years later, a similar burglary took place on the same block in February when a tunnel was cut from an adjoining store to take a reported $3 million in gold wedding bands from Broadway Gold Center at 601 S. Broadway.

It's unclear if police ever found the 1912 perpetrators.

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