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Third jewelry-store burglary has Powell police seeking links

Powell Jewelers hit after pair of break-ins at downtown shop

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Powell police responded to the third jewelry-store burglary in the city in the past three months April 9.

Later that day, a suspect was indicted in an earlier break-in at a different jewelry store.

Detective Darren Smith said officers responded about midnight April 9 to an alarm at Powell Jewelers, 10245 Sawmill Parkway. He said police discovered someone had pried the business' back door open.

Smith estimated the damages from the burglary, including stolen merchandise and damage to the door, at $10,000. He said employees are checking the store's inventory to determine how many earrings, rings and watches were taken from the site.

Smith said police still are trying to figure out whether any video footage can be recovered from the scene. There was one witness in the area at the time of the break-in, but he could say only that a black vehicle left the area traveling east on Presidential Parkway, according to reports.

Police are trying to determine whether there is any connection between the burglary and two break-ins that occurred earlier this year at Kimberly's Diamond Corner. The North Liberty Street business was burglarized Jan. 13 and March 31 after someone entered through the back door in each case.

"We haven't been able to link (the three burglaries) yet," Smith said.

On April 9, the day of the Powell Jewelers burglary, the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office indicted Neil F. Mohler II, 33, of Willow Wind Drive in Grove City for his alleged role in the Jan. 13 burglary of Kimberly's Diamond Corner. Mohler faces a fifth-degree felony charge of breaking and entering and a fourth-degree felony charge of theft for allegedly stealing property valued at between $7,500 and $150,000 from the business.

At the time of the burglary, police estimated $10,000 worth of gold chains were stolen from the business.

According to court records, Mohler also faces a fifth-degree felony theft charge stemming from a November 2013 incident in Delaware County.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the U.S. Marshals, arrested Mohler about 8 a.m. Friday, April 11, in Grove City. Mohler then was transported to the Delaware County jail.

Smith said it's possible Mohler will face additional charges for his alleged role in the Jan. 13 burglary.

Police have asked anyone with information about the burglaries at Kimberly's Diamond Corner and Powell Jewelers to call the Powell Police Department at 614-885-5005.

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