July 25, 2016

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A burglar smashes up jewelry store in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — A family-owned jewelry store in the city had several display cases destroyed in a smash-and-grab burglary Sunday evening, but the burglar only got away with fake jewels, police said.

According to a report, a witness in front of a neighboring store called police just before 9 p.m. after he heard glass break and saw a man loading goods from a display case into a green-and-black duffle bag at Barany Jewelers, 3702 Center Road.

A burglar broke into Barany Jewelers in Brunswick on Sunday night, smashing through the front door and several glass display cases and stealing $5,600 worth of jewelry. (BRUNSWICK POLICE PHOTO)

The burglar left the store through the shattered front door, the report said. The store is not open Sundays.

Detective Brian Schmitt said the building did have an alarm and surveillance system, and all the jewelry the store sells was locked away. The owners also had insurance, he said.

The man removed 10 trays containing 10 sample rings each from the display cases, which he smashed using some type of hammer, the report said.

Schmitt said the value of the items stolen was about $5,600.

“If it would have been real jewelry, it would have been, I’m sure, $100,000,” Schmitt said.

Liz Schlauch, who owns the store with her husband, Mel, said the damage to the store and display cases was worse than the loss of the sample jewelry, which was made of non-precious metals and glass stones.

“It was like a bomb exploded in here,” Schlauch said. “There was glass all over the place.”

The store, which has been in Schlauch’s family since her father owned it in 1939, was closed Monday as they replaced the front door and cleaned up.

The store has been at its Brunswick location for 12 years and Sunday was the first break-in, Schlauch said.

The burglary suspect was described as 25 to 35 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 165 pounds. He was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and brown boots. He also had facial hair on his chin, according to the report.

Anyone with information is asked to call Brunswick police at (330) 225-9111.

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.