The Jackson County Sheriff's Department provided this photo of the antique watches that were reported stolen last week.

$70,000 worth of coins, watches reportedly taken in burglary

A burglar made off with $70,000 in antique coins and watches from a home in Williams, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported.

A man reported about 4 p.m. on Wednesday that someone had broken into his home in the 17000 block of Highway 238 in near Williams, most likely on on either Sunday, May 13, or Monday May 14, sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

The burglar had taken the man's wallet and two framed shadow boxes. One shadow box contained 12 antique pocket watches and the other had antique coins. The total value for the stolen coins and pocket watches range from $60,000 to $70,000 said Carlson.

The oldest coin in the shadow box dates back to 1528 and the other eight were from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and were made of sterling silver. The antique pocket watch shadow box contained two Patek Philippe watches, a Cartier watch, a Vacheron Constantin, and others that were purchased at auction between 1991 and 1994.

Carlson said there was no evidence of forced entry to the home.

The case is currently under investigation, and anyone with information regarding the burglary is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff's office at 541-774-6800 or the anonymous tip line at 541-774-8333.

— Mandy Valencia

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