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Aug 6, 2014 1:48 PM by Sara Donchey

More Than $50,000 in Silver Stolen from Shop

CORPUS CHRISTI - When Leslie Walberg opened up his store around 9 o'clock this morning he noticed that almost everything of value was missing.

"Literally hundreds and hundreds of Italian-made chains," Walberg said. "They also stole sterling silver charms and pendants...I mean, it was a lot."

Not to mention, Walberg's formidable coin collection was stolen. He estimates more than $50 thousand dollars worth of silver had been taken from his store, Objets D'Art, overnight.

It seems that the culprit broke through a tiny window on the side of the Southside store.

Employees said it wouldn't have been easy; there was even a trail of blood spattered across the broken glass.

"I'm surprised that they could fit in such a small space and take so much with them," said Bella Tamez, who works at the store during the summer. "To be honest, I probably couldn't fit in there...it's so small."

Her co-worker, Rebecca Ortiz, was equally shocked.

"It's amazing. It's so much I can't imagine what person or group of people could even been able to have moved it," Ortiz said.

Walberg has owned his store for more than 30 years, and though he's had some scares of potential break-ins, nothing like this has ever happened to him before.


"Even if they melt it, they became rich overnight," Walberg said. "Unlesss I catch them."

He's offering a $2,000 dollar cash reward for the return of his silver, and more importantly, he said, the arrest of the person who did this.

"Hopefully we will catch these low-life people that keep stealing other peoples stuff. Like I said, I want justice. One way or another...I'm going to get justice."

If you have any information on who may be responsible for the theft, call Corpus Christi Police.

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