Rick White
Rick White's got that silver touch

Rick White, owner of Vroman's Silver Shop in Glendora, pulls out a photo of a tea service so stately it looks like it would confer a title on any hand that poured from it. White says that its owner spotted a burglar leaving her house with it but that the police were able to recover the set. The bad news: The silver had been tossed from the burglar's car onto a freeway. Damage included dents, broken handle parts and what White matter-of-factly describes as "road rash." Oh, and there was one other thing. A truck had run over the creamer. Silver is known as a "noble metal" -- not, as one might assume, because of the element's aristocratic history, but...