Olentangy Valley News

'Person of interest' questioned after burglary at jewelry store


Powell police hope evidence found at the scene of a burglary last week at a downtown jewelry store will lead to an arrest.

The owner of Kimberly's Diamond Corner, 1 N. Liberty St., reported the theft of an estimated $10,000 worth of 14-karat gold necklaces Jan. 14.

Detective Darren Smith said the burglary took place shortly before 10 a.m. Jan. 13, when the store was closed. He said officers found no sign of forced entry and that it was possible the rear door was open or that the culprit gained access by using a key.

Smith said images of a person of interest were captured on security footage at the crime scene.

"We have a person of interest, but he's not been charged," Powell Police Chief Gary Vest said.

Vest said Tuesday, Jan. 21, that officers had questioned the man seen in the video, but he had not been charged in connection with the burglary.

Smith said between 75 and 100 gold chains were taken from the business. A final number, which could change the business' estimated loss from the crime, would be determined after employees finish checking all of the store's inventory.

Police also recovered DNA and fingerprint evidence from the crime scene, which were sent off for analysis.

"We're going to test that and see if it's (the culprit) or not," Smith said. "I don't think that it is."

He said the fact that the burglary took place at a business could make the possibility of obtaining relevant evidence from the crime scene less likely. Smith said employees and customers are in contact with the building's doors and contents throughout the week.

As of Jan. 21, Smith said the department was still investigating "a number of leads" in regard to the case.

He said he could not recall a similar crime occurring at a downtown Powell business in the recent past.

Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call Powell police at 614-885-5005.