Park City jewelry store suffers a smash-and-grab burglary
A jewelry store on Main Street suffered a smash-and-grab burglary early on Saturday, an extraordinarily rare style of case on a shopping, dining and entertainment strip where there is usually some sort of activity at all times.
The perpetrator or perpetrators broke one of the Park City Jewelers windows to reach the merchandise. The window was boarded up by later in the day on Saturday.
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the store’s burglary alarm was triggered at 4:45 a.m. Police officers arrived at the store within minutes. Kirk said the officers found the window had been shattered but did not see a suspect.
Kirk said earrings, a pendant and a quartz crystal were among the items taken. The Police Department did not immediately have a precise inventory of the pieces that were taken or how many pieces of jewelry are missing. The police also did not have an estimated value of the missing jewelry.
Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage. There were no suspects by early in the week. Kirk said officers checked for similar cases along Main Street at the same time as the burglary at Park City Jewelers, but there were no other smash-and-grab break-ins. Kirk acknowledged smash-and-grab burglaries are uncommon along Main Street.
An image provided by the Police Department shows much of the bottom third of the window smashed, providing the perpetrators access to the jewelry on display. Another image from the Police Department shows pieces of the display strewn about.
Lex Harrison, the general manager of Park City Jewelers, said the store is surprised with the case but understands there is a risk. He said it is the first such case in the approximately 25 years Park City Jewelers has been on Main Street. The store opened for regular hours on Saturday after the break-in. He noted the amount of traffic on Main Street but said there is less traffic at night.
Harrison said a few pieces of jewelry were taken after the window was smashed. He did not provide details.
Anybody with information about the burglary may contact the Police Department at 615-5500.
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