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Jewelry store hit for a second time in 2014

Powell store robbed a second time in 2014

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Powell police officers are still working to determine if a recent burglary at a downtown jewelry store is connected to a similar burglary at the same store in January.

Officers responded to an alarm at Kimberly's Diamond Corner, 1 N. Liberty St., about 9:15 p.m. March 31 and discovered an unknown suspect had broken into the building, according to police reports.

As of Monday, April 7, Powell police Chief Gary Vest said no arrests had been made in the burglary. He said detectives have not concluded whether the case is related to a Jan. 13 burglary at the business.

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

In the Jan. 13 burglary, an unknown suspect got away with an estimated $10,000 worth of gold chains.

Pentz said he could not definitively say the two crimes are 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 the later burglary showed signs of breaking and entering, reports said. In both cases, police believe the suspect gained access to the building through the business' back door.

As in the previous case, police have recovered video evidence from the scene that showed a man in the business. After both burglaries, police released a description of a man who stands between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs between 230 and 250 pounds.

Security footage released after the March burglary shows a man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt or hat, tan gloves and dark pants. Security footage released after the January burglary shows a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Following the first burglary, Powell police said they questioned the man seen in the January security footage. Police described the man as a "person of interest" who has not yet been arrested or charged in the case.

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