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July 31, 2013

Owner estimates $20,000 in jewelry stolen from Utica store

By Sarah Wojcik
C & G Staff Writer

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Mync Jewelers, located in Utica, was the victim of a burglary at about 4:45 a.m. July 27.

A break-in and robbery occurred at Mync Jewelers at around 4:45 a.m. July 27. Utica Police Chief David Faber said footage from the alarm company revealed that two suspects broke into the store, but due to poor video quality, nothing more could be gleaned.

Utica police arrived at the scene and followed the suspects' trail with the aid of a K-9 unit, but Faber said he believes they entered a vehicle and drove away.

“All I know is that the dog followed the trace and they went over the wall in the back and the dog lost trace of them,” said owner Mike Mync, of Shelby Township.

Mync estimated that around $20,000 in jewelry was stolen, including gold and silver chains and gold crosses, and that the store incurred around $1,000 of property damage.

The suspects shattered the glass door with a large rock that still sits by the entrance of the store “as a souvenir,” Mync said.

Mync also said the suspects shattered a display case and the glass in two showcases full of shelves of jewelry. One of those cases still needed replacement glass as of July 30.

Mync Jewelers just celebrated its eighth year this month and only had one other incident since opening its doors.

“They tried to break in, but they just busted the lock out and never got in three years ago,” he said.

Anyone with information about the break-in should call Utica police at (586) 731-2345.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at swojcik@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1029.