Friday, December 3, 2021

Eureka's Lord of the Rings Ring Stolen in City Hall Burglary

Posted By on Fri, Dec 3, 2021 at 11:56 AM

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A limited edition The Lord of the Rings ring that was gifted to the city of Eureka by its New Zealand sister city, Nelson, was one of the items stolen during a Nov. 29 burglary at city hall.

According to a city news release, the Eureka Police Department responded to the scene around 6:20 a.m. One man,  36-year-old Eureka resident Kenneth Amin Mohamed, was discovered in the building and arrested on suspicion of felony burglary.

The release states addition suspects have been questioned.

No breach of financial data, the city’s IT network, historical documents or personnel records occurred, according to the release, but several “small items” were found to be missing, although some were later located in other areas of city hall.

The city of Eureka is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone who provides information leading to the recovering of the ring made by Jens Hansen, a New Zealand-based jewelry maker, who created a limited number of the rings for the Lord of the Rings trilogy filmed in the country.  Eureka’s ring is No. 2 of 100.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Terry Liles at 441-4010 or tliles@ci.eureka.ca.gov.

Read the city’s release below:

On November 29, 2021, around 6:20 a.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to a report of a commercial burglary at City Hall. After a full review, it was determined that the suspects were not able to access financial data, the City’s IT network, historical documents or personnel records during their time in the building. Several small items were missing, however many of these items were recovered elsewhere in the building.

City staff have been working on compiling a list of missing items for the investigation and reviewing video camera footage. One of the suspects removed the replica “Lord of the Ring” ring that was gifted to the City by Nelson, New Zealand, the City’s sister city in 2004. The maker of the ring, Jens Hansen, a New Zealand based jewelry maker made a limited number of the rings for the Lord of the Ring trilogy and Eureka’s ring is number 2 of 100.

36-year-old Kenneth Amin Mohamed, of Eureka, was found inside of the facility and arrested on felony burglary charges. Eureka Police is actively investigating the burglary and has questioned additional suspects. A $1,000 reward is being offered to anyone who provides information leading to the recovery of “The Ring”. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Terry Liles at 441-4010 or tliles@ci.eureka.ca.gov.

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