The City of Eureka’s power has been significantly diminished | LoCO file photo

PREVIOUSLY: EUREKA’S PRECIOUS: Did You Know that the One Ring to Rule Them All — One of ‘Em, Anyway — Lives at Eureka City Hall?

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As further evidenced by the release just issued by the City of Eureka, we truly can’t have nice things. Read the bummer news below:

On November 29, 2021, around 6:20 a.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to a report of a commercial burglary at City Hall.

After a full review, it was determined that the suspects were not able to access financial data, the City’s IT network, historical documents or personnel records during their time in the building. Several small items were missing however many of these items were recovered elsewhere in the building. City staff have been working on compiling a list of missing items for the investigation and reviewing video camera footage.

One of the suspects removed the replica “Lord of the Ring” ring that was gifted to the City by Nelson, New Zealand, the City’s sister city in 2004. The maker of the ring, Jens Hansen, a New Zealand based jewelry maker made a limited number of the rings for the Lord of the Ring trilogy and Eureka’s ring is number 2 of 100.

36-year-old Kenneth Amin Mohamed, of Eureka, was found inside of the facility and arrested on felony burglary charges.

Eureka Police is actively investigating the burglary and has questioned additional suspects. A $1,000 reward is being offered to anyone who provides information leading to the recovery of “The Ring”. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Terry Liles at 441-4010 or

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