A spokesperson for the San Diego Police Department says they’re investigating a recent break in at a downtown dental office. Thieves didn’t steel medical equipping or prescription medication; they ran off with a 50,000 year-old Canadian mammoth tusk.
The tusk’s owner said it has an estimated value of $25,000.
The dentist said she received the collectable as a gift from her parents in 1995. It’s been a centerpiece in her office for the past eight years. It’s not an item you come across every day, she said, and the only place you’re likely to find one is at a museum.
The officer computers and televisions were untouched, according to SDPD officials, and they are looking into who may have ran off with the artifact.
The tusk wasn’t insured and its owner has offered a $5,000 reward for its return. Officers say once they capture the thieves they’ll be taken to the San Diego Central Jail for booking.
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