Police piece together evidence following Easter break-in, burglary at Kay Jewelers
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio —
A jewelry store in the Fort Steuben Mall was allegedly broken into and burglarized Easter Sunday.
Police said they are looking for whomever broke into Kay Jewelers and grabbed an undisclosed amount of jewelry.
This alleged break-in came in as an alarm call. That aspect of security helped, but other aspects of security - like video surveillance - could complicate the process of catching the suspects.
Steubenville police responded around 8:40 p.m. Easter Sunday to the alarm call inside the Fort Steuben Mall, which was closed for the holiday.
"(Police officers) did find an entry way to get in there. Once they did, they saw that a gate area had been pried out and it looked like it had been cut with a tool,” said Steubenville City Manager Jim Mavromatis.
Detectives are now trying to piece together how the perpetrators got inside and made off with an undisclosed amount of valuables.
"Upon entering Kay Jewelers, they found that one of the sheets was pulled back and one of the cases that had jewelry in it - there were some pieces on the floor - and some pieces had been removed,” Mavromatis said.
Now, police are trying to piece together where the missing jewelry might have gone.
"They’re trying to capture as much video that's in the mall with the other stores and outside,” Mavromatis said.
It's not clear whether Kay Jewelers had cameras. According the police report, detectives seem to be relying on video captures from the AT&T store inside the mall, and outside, cameras planted on the exterior of Texas Roadhouse.
In the meantime, city officials are warning pawn shop owners and customers to report anything suspicious.
"If they hear anybody that's brought this up or someone trying to sell jewelry; you may go to different shopping centers and someone is trying to sell jewelry there, please report it to the police,” Mavromatis said.
Details are currently scarce. Police have not released any information on the potential identities of suspects.
Anyone hearing anything on this alleged break-in at Kay Jewelers can call our Crimebusters tip line at 1-800-862-BUST.