By TODD GLASSCOCK
A thief or thieves struck a local shop sometime around the July 4 weekend or early the next week, swiping about $3,000 worth of jewelry.
Police investigating the reported theft at the Bargain Barn at 1500 S. Oak Ave. saw no signs of forced entry, said police spokesman Lt. Randy Wright.
The store was reportedly broken into some time between 10 a.m. Saturday, July 5, and 8 a.m. Monday, July 7.
Wright said investigators believe the thief or thieves might have gained entry through a door.
Most of the jewelry taken was silver and gold, including sterling silver rings, said Charlsie Blocker, the store's owner. She said all of the store's jewelry cases were pried open. She said the stolen jewelry had tags with 702 written in red ink on them.
“These are tags that you have to cut,” she said.
She said she has since secured the door with stronger bars and has added a security system.
“They're not going to get in again,” she said.
Blocker said she believed the person responsible for the theft was a woman who had been in the store before the break-in. She also believes this woman allegedly had help from a man in the break in.
Unfortunately, she said she did not have insurance on the stolen jewelry.
She said she hopes the police will get the people or person responsible.
“I work hard for my money,” she said. “You feel violated.”
Police are investigating the leads she has given them, she said.
Police also investigated a reported burglary last week of a tool storage shed in the 300 block of S.E. 15th Avenue that left a man bereft of construction tools valued at $10,000, Wright said.
When police investigated the scene, it appeared whoever broke into the storage shed pried off a piece of tin blocking the entrance, he said.
Among the tools reported taken was a cutting torch set-up, he said.
There are currently no suspects in the investigation, he said.