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$5M burglary in St. Landry, $100K offered for return of items

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St. Landry Crime Stoppers and Det. Vernon Marks of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office needs your help in solving a 2010 cold case burglary worth an estimated five million dollars.     

On March 5, 2010, deputies responded to a burglary on North Wilderness in Krotz Springs.  The owner of the residence stated while she was at a wake for her deceased mother, thieves broke into her house and stole a safe containing 150 to 200 thousand dollars in cash, gold coins, and jewelry. Also stolen was a back pack containing 20 pounds of raw and nugget form gold and a registered top ten gold nugget weighing 122 ounces.  The alarm system was not armed when the maid left the home to bring food to the funeral home and the investigation revealed that the thieves used an ATV to haul the safe away.   

Three key pieces that could solve this case are two graduation rings and personalized minted coins stolen in the burglary.  The graduation rings are a man and woman's Melville High School class of 63 and 65 with the man's initials "DAW" and the woman's initials "JFE" inside.  The minted coins read Clark-Wiltz Mining, Ganes Creek, Alaska and are made of gold and silver.  

The family is offering a $50,000 dollar reward on the arrest and conviction of the persons involved and up to a $100,000 reward for the return of the stolen property.   

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