Antique coins and watches taken

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

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

The burglar took the man's wallet and two framed shadow boxes. One shadow box contained 12 antique pocket watches and the other contained antique coins.

The oldest of the stolen coins dates to 1528, and eight other coins, from the 17th and 18th centuries, are made of sterling silver, Carlson said.

The stolen pocket watches include 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 under investigation, and anyone with information regarding the burglary is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff's Department at 541-774-6800 or the anonymous tip line at 541-774-8333.

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