Thief breaks into Sacramento museum, steals gold artifacts

July 31, 2021 GMT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento History Museum said a thief broke in and stole some of its gold artifacts on Saturday.

Surveillance camera showed someone broke into the main entrance of the museum around 5 a.m. and went straight for the gold artifacts in a display case, said Traci Rockefeller Cusack, a spokeswoman for the museum.

Delta Pick Mello, the executive director of the museum, told The Sacramento Bee that all alarm systems worked properly but the person was gone by the time police arrived.

“The museum has been here for 36 years and this is the first time this has happened,” Pick Mello said. “So we feel our security measures are there; this just is something that took place within three minutes.”

Police said officers responded to a ringing alarm and the suspect had fled before officers arrived.

Museum officials do not yet have an estimate for the value of the stolen items.