Saw this news article and immediately thought of your book (which I enjoyed, by the way).
Inside Stockton’s Violent Gold Chain Robbery EpidemicSTOCKTON (CBS13) — Memorial candles and crime scene tape still scar the southern edge of Stockton’s Victory Park.
Almost everyone walking the park knows the story of Armando Pina — even two months after the deadly broad-daylight gold chain robbery that ended his life, parkgoers said.
“It’s sad,” said Robert Alejandre, who now walks the park with his wife. “It just goes to show you you never know.”
“Fewer people seem to be walking,” said Jim Patterson, who continues to exercise at the park — but removes any jewelry first.
Pina — a 60-year-old cancer survivor, father and grandfather — was killed around 3 p.m. Sept. 17, as he walked along the park’s southern walkway, parallel to Picardy Drive.
“I just knew my whole world had ended,” said daughter Rita Marie Pina, who spoke with her father every day. “My father lost his life to a chunk of gold.”
Pina’s family said he usually wore his gold chain beneath his shirt, but it is not known whether the chain was visible that afternoon, when killers ripped it off his neck and snatched a beloved family man and role model from his community.
A New Kind of Gold Rush
Third-generation pawn broker Tim Cassidy, who owns Stockton’s historic Cassidy’s Jewelry and Loan, sees more gold than ever — as many as 50 gold chains a day, he said.
“A simple very small gold chain can easily be sold for $200 or $300,” he said.
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Its no big surprise really. In times like these, its pretty obvious that any gold jewelry will be targeted by criminals.
Too bad people are losing their lives over it. I remember when I stopped wearing my own gold wedding band becuase of a similar problem. My wife and I, we started wearing silver replacements instead. It just wasnt worth the risk.
Take note people, and most of all, take care!