Thieves raid Elvis Museum jewelry stash

In less than five minutes, thieves swiped $325,000 worth of Elvis Presley’s jewelry and kitsch, The Associated Press reports.

But the Sunday night heist at the Elvis-A-Rama museum in Las Vegas left behind a million-dollar gem: the King’s blue suede shoes.

Museum owner Chris Davidson reportedly said the thieves stole up to 80% of the jewelry on display.

“By no means am I giving up hope,” he reportedly said Wednesday.

Police reportedly said the suspects stole a tow truck and drove it into the museum’s rear door, then used lead pipes to break open three Plexiglas cases. The bandits were in the museum less than five minutes, police estimated.

Among the stolen inventory: a gold-plated handgun, a custom scarf, a bracelet and watch, Presley’s Humes High School ring from 1953 and a Louisiana Hayride “E. Presley Day” ring from 1956, the AP reports.

Davidson’s personal favorite was an “E.P” diamond pendant and chain, and a ruby and diamond star-shaped ring Presley bought in Las Vegas for $75,000.

“Those two pieces, I’m crushed over,” Davidson reportedly said. “It’s devastating.”

Davidson, who opened the museum in November 1999, purchased the items from auctions and Presley’s former bodyguards, friends, and acquaintances. Presley was known to freely give jewelry and other possessions away.

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