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Report: $20,000 of silver stolen from Viracon
Several pure silver bars reported stolen from company between May 1 and June 1
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    Several bars of pure silver used in the glass-making process were reported stolen from Viracon Monday, according to Bulloch County Sheriff's reports.
    Complainant Zeigler Peyton, Viracon employee, reported the theft occurred sometime between May 1 and June 1, reports stated.
    Viracon is a glass manufacturing plant located on Zell Miller Parkway at the Gateway Industrial Park, south of Statesboro.
    Bulloch County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Capt. Todd Hutchens said the reported theft remains under investigation and released few details because of the case status.
    Incident reports list the bars as pure silver, about 14 inches long, 10 inches wide and about 2 1/2 inches thick. They were kept in a "secure lock box" when not in use, reports stated.     
    Viracon Vice President of Operations Patrick McDermott said Thursday the bars are used, along with other metals,  in creating a coating on some glass products.
    Energy is applied to the metals in a process that causes the metals to vaporize and bond with the glass surface, creating a coating that is attractive to the eye, and helps keep heat out of a building. The coating also adds color to glass.
    Viracon also uses titanium and stainless steel in the process, McDermott said.
    Hutchens said the silver was estimated at around $20,000.
    Bulloch County Deputy Robert Hemminger responded to the scene Monday to meet with Viracon leaders, he said. Hemminger and other investigators are actively pursuing the case, he said.

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