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Thieves Hit Antiques Center

Betty Flood | September 18th, 2013

Police are looking for the public’s help in trying to identify three people who stole an estimated $10,000 in antique silver flatware from the Cambridge Antiques Center in Cambridge, New York, on September 18 at about 4 p.m. Thieves took from a locked case more than a dozen Tiffany and Russian sterling silver pieces including spoons, forks, a vegetable dish, and a teapot, according to George Bell, Cambridge-Greenwich police chief.

Bell said the suspects closed and locked the case after the theft. “We don’t know how they got in, but the keys for a lot of these cases are universal,” he explained.

The suspects were described as two Hispanic men and one Hispanic woman in their late 20’s or 30’s. One man went to the second floor of the 24-dealer antiques center and asked the owner, Bill Boylan, for assistance with a painting. The other two suspects were left on the first floor.

According to Boylan, the man on the second floor kept using his cell phone, telling the clerk that his mother was contacting him. Boylan believes he was actually contacting the other two suspects downstairs. “It was a huge hit,” Boylan said. “And it appeared to be similar to a theft in the Ballston Spa area during the summer of 2012. They were caught on video surveillance there.” Boylan identified the 2012 suspects as the same individuals who were in his store.

According to a neighbor, two Hispanic men and a Hispanic woman left the scene in a station wagon with an expired paper Tennessee license plate.

If anyone has information, call Bell at (518) 677-3044.

Originally published in the November 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest

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