Officials say they will reopen the Wells Fargo History Museum in
downtown San Francisco as soon as possible once repairs are completed
to resolve damage incurred during a Jan. 27 theft of 19th century gold
nuggets from the museum.
“We are just beginning the process of evaluating the damage and
calculating how to fix it,” according to a Wells Fargo media spokesman.
Since the grand opening of the remodeled museum in April 2014 in San
Francisco, it has recorded about 5,000 visitors per month. The 11
Wells Fargo History Museums combined get almost 600,000 visitors
annually, according to a Wells Fargo spokesman.
Around 2:30 a.m. Jan. 27, 2015, three thieves used a stolen Chevy
Suburban to drive through the glass revolving doors of the museum. One
of the thieves held a security guard at gunpoint, while the other two
thieves grabbed 4 to 10 ounces of gold from a display. The security
guard was not injured.
The thieves escaped in a four-door sedan driven by an accomplice.
All three thieves wore ski masks, hoodies and jeans, according to a
Jan. 27, story posted on the San Francisco Chronicle website.
The museum is located on the original site of the city’s Wells Fargo
Bank in 1852. The museum is often visited by schoolchildren and
tourists. In addition to the gold nuggets, the museum also displays
two restored stagecoaches, a working telegraph and other California
Gold Rush-era items.
San Francisco has been experiencing a string of crash-and-grab
robberies in the past three months.
On Jan. 19, 2015, two men rammed a vehicle into a Chanel boutique
and the Prada store in Union Square in San Francisco and stole a
number of upscale designer handbags.
On Nov. 26, 2014, thieves backed a U-Haul van into the front of a
Patagonia store near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and made off
with merchandise from the high-end outdoor clothing retailer.
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