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Burglars again hit Powell jeweler

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A downtown Powell jewelry store was burglarized for the second time in three months Monday night, March 31.

Powell police responded to an alarm at Kimberly’s Diamond Corner, 1 N. Liberty St., about 9:15 p.m. Monday and discovered an unknown suspect had broken into the building, according to police reports.

Detective Ryan Pentz said police are still trying to determine the amount and value of property stolen from the business. A rough estimate from a police report listed the missing property at $50,000 worth of diamond rings and $2,500 worth of gold earrings, but Pentz said that estimate may be high.

The business also was the site of a Jan. 13 burglary in which an unknown suspect got away with an estimated $10,000 worth of gold chains.

Pentz said police have not yet determined if the two crimes were related.

“That’s always possible,” he said. “I think it’s too early to say yes or no.”

In the previous burglary, police could find no sign of forced entry, while Monday night’s burglary featured signs of breaking and entering. In both cases, police think the suspect gained entry through the business’ back door.

As in the previous case, police have recovered video evidence from the scene. Following the first burglary police questioned a person of interest who appeared on security footage near the time of the break-in but no one has been was charged.

Powell police are still reviewing security footage from the night of the second burglary.

After reviewing security footage, police said the suspect was a man who weighs 230 to 250 pounds and is 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall. The man was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt or hat, tan gloves and dark pants.

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