Sometime during Saturday afternoon, May 24, a suspect or suspects entered a residence in the 43000 block of Dinely Drive. According to a statement that the occupant gave to a Sheriff’s deputy, an intruder removed a large quantity of jewelry and a Hare Krishna painting.
“The jewelry was gold and silver pieces that I had collected for the past 30 years,” said the victim, who prefers to remain anonymous. “The pieces were not expensive ones but had a lifetime of sentimental value to me.”
The victim, who was at work at the time of the burglary, said a number of the jewelry items were silver Navajo pieces, many that were gifts. The estimated value of jewelry is determined by the homeowner to be between $8,000 and $10,000.
“It’s tragic that all that fine crafted jewelry will probably end up being melted down for a small quantity of gold and silver,” the victim said. “It’s obviously a drug-related crime. Why can’t something be done about our local meth problem?”
More curious was the theft of a Hare Krishna painting. The spiritual painting depicts Radharani, Queen of Vrindavan, with a peacock.
When the lord Krishna called to his beloved Radharani he often called to her in the voice of a peacock. In one story, Krishna assumed the form of a peacock to conceal himself from Radharani’s mother.
“A distinctive painting like this one can’t just be melted down to sell for a few dollars,” said the affected party. “It will be interesting to see if it shows up at an antique store or swap meet.”
The investigation of the burglary is ongoing. Anyone with information in this case or any crime is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at 733-6218.
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