St. Paul woman's life savings, including 100 gold bars, stolen by burglars

A woman's life savings, worth $216,000, was stolen from her home over the weekend.
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A St. Paul woman whose distrust of banks meant she kept her life savings worth more than $216,000 hidden in her bedroom is devastated after it was all stolen by burglars.

St. Paul police told GoMN that 100 one-ounce gold bars worth $1,200 a-piece, a diamond ring valued at $36,000 and $60,000 in cash was stolen from the 57-year-old woman's home in the 1600 block of Abell Street.

According to a police report, the woman and her 33-year-old daughter, who lives with her, reported that their home was burglarized between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, when they were out at work.

They returned home to find their house ransacked and the mother's life savings stolen.

She kept her valuables hidden, she told police, because "she did not trust banks."

Investigators found "very little to go on" after processing the scene for evidence, so are turning to the public for help reuniting this woman and her life savings.

"We need to find the person or people responsible for this crime so we can help the victim get her financial future back. She was planning to use the valuables for her retirement," police spokesman Steve Linders said.

Cops issue burglary warning

Saturday's incident could be behind St. Paul police's decision to issue a burglary warning reminder on its social media sites on Wednesday.

It advises homeowners to secure all windows and doors and make their home appear occupied, even when they're not there (light timers come in handy here).

Other tips include:

  • Install an alarm system (or get a dog)
  • Maintain inventory of your valuables, including serial numbers
  • Photograph valuables such as jewelry, coins and memorabilia
  • Consider keeping your valuables in a safe.

According to St. Paul crime statistics, there were 1,790 victims of residential burglary in 2015, which represented a big drop compared to the preceding years. There were almost a thousand more, 2,750, in 2012.

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