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On the Trail of a Silver Thief

The South's greatest silver heist
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A sideboard in Mary Doffermyre’s Atlanta home holds some of the pieces the thief left behind.

photo: Audra Melton

A German silver flower vase.

photo: Audra Melton

Doffermyre in her dining room.

photo: Audra Melton

The adjacent butler’s pantry was almost entirely cleaned out.

photo: Audra Melton

An antique English fish set.

photo: Audra Melton

Blane Nordahl’s mug shot, taken in August 2013.

photo: Nassau County Sheriff's Department

The French doors where the thief broke in.

photo: Audra Melton

Noted Civil War collectors Eileen and Bo DuBose at their home in Atlanta.

photo: Audra Melton

The DuBoses’ dismantled silver epergne went undetected in a storage trunk.

photo: Audra Melton

The thief cleaned out one set of the DuBoses’ sterling flatware but left a second set he deemed less valuable.

photo: Audra Melton

An archival photo of a stolen 1734 mug linked to George II.

photo: Audra Melton

Nordahl’s defense attorney, Bruce Harvey, in his Atlanta office.

photo: Audra Melton

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Detective William Royster of the Aiken, South Carolina, Police Department (left) and a Nassau County Police officer apprehend Nordahl on August 26, 2013, at 10:01 a.m. in Hilliard, Florida.

photo: Lonnie Mason

Silver items left behind at the Doffermyre home, too small to bother taking.

photo: Audra Melton

The Doffermyres’ hollow-handled silver flatware set, also left behind.

photo: Audra Melton

The thief overlooked this rare silver spice set owned by Bo DuBose.

photo: Audra Melton

A silver ladle in the shape of a conch shell belonging to DuBose.

photo: Audra Melton