St. George jewelry store robbed again

JK Jewelers robbed twice in just under two months, St. George, Utah, Oct. 12, 2014 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – St. George Police responded to a robbery early Sunday morning at JK Jewelers, located at 720 S. River Road in St. George.

Officers arrived on scene at approximately 4:45 a.m. after being alerted by an alarm company that the jewelry store’s alarm had been tripped, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said. When officers arrived, they noticed the back door of JK Jewelers was broken.

Jewelry and other property valued at approximately $2,200 were taken from the store, Despain said.

“It appeared that there was some jewelry items, specifically some rings, that were missing,” he said.

Detectives processed the scene, and the robbery is currently under investigation.

“They are trying to develop suspects in the case,” Despain said. “Our investigators were looking at trying to gather surveillance and all the evidence that they possibly could.”

Kristy Goodrich, owner of JK Jewelers, said:

It’s a pain in the butt because it’s going to take me a couple of days to get things replaced and to get everything fixed, but beyond being an irritation, it’s not that bad of a deal. If you’re going to get a call in the middle of the night and it’s an emergency, I’m glad that it’s not somebody dying.

This is the second time in as many months that robbers have targeted Goodrich’s jewelry store.

On Aug. 18, a man walked into the store pretending to shop for an engagement ring. The man asked to see one specific ring and then fled from the store once he had it in hand. He jumped in a car with another man and drove away.

What the man hadn’t realized is the ring he took was actually a fake. It was a silver cubic zirconia worth no more than $40, Goodrich said. She added that the man misunderstood when she was explaining the cost range to make the ring.

“He asked me how much it would be to make that ring,” Goodrich said during an interview in August, “and the range I gave him was between $9,000 and $11,000. He said, ‘This is worth nine and 11 thousand dollars?’ And that’s when he turned and ran.”

Two men could be clearly seen on surveillance video in the Aug. 18 jewelry store robbery, but Despain said that case is also still active.

“Our investigators are still working that, following up on leads in regards to that,” he said, “but right now, no arrests have been made.”

Anyone with any information about the theft or possible suspect(s) is asked to call the St. George Police Department at 435-627-4300. 

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  • Bobber October 14, 2014 at 3:43 pm


    • ladybugavenger October 14, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Informal dialect….I know bobber. The word burglarized would be better for you, since the store was closed and no one was in there

  • Crazydoglady October 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Sorry to hear about this happening to Kristy, she’s such a nice lady! I hope they catch the SOB who broke in, even though she took the high road and is dealing with it professionally.

  • My Evil Twin October 14, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Seriously, Kimberly, you need to look up the definitions of a robbery vs a burglary.

    • Cami Cox Jim October 14, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      From the Associated Press style guide (which is the Bible for all news media and the guide we use for every story):
      Legal definitions of burglary vary, but in general a burglary involves entering a building (not necessarily by breaking in) and remaining unlawfully with the intention of committing a crime. …
      Robbery in the legal sense involves the use of violence or threat in committing larceny. In a wider sense it means to plunder or rifle, and may thus be used even if a person was not present: His house was robbed while he was away.

      • Force or fear October 14, 2014 at 10:28 pm

        The penal code (the Bible for state law) says a robbery must have the element of “force or fear.” That means you cannot rob an empty store, it was burglarized. It seems the “style guide” has acquiesced to the dumbing down of language.

      • Read the Law October 15, 2014 at 10:46 am

        From Utah Criminal Code (Which is the Bible for all criminal prosecution in the state of Utah) 76-6-301. Robbery.
        (1) A person commits robbery if:
        (a) the person unlawfully and intentionally takes or attempts to take personal property in the possession of another from his person, or immediate presence, against his will, by means of force or fear, and with a purpose or intent to deprive the person permanently or temporarily of the personal property; or
        (b) the person intentionally or knowingly uses force or fear of immediate force against another in the course of committing a theft or wrongful appropriation.
        (2) An act is considered to be “in the course of committing a theft or wrongful appropriation” if it occurs:
        (a) in the course of an attempt to commit theft or wrongful appropriation;
        (b) in the commission of theft or wrongful appropriation; or
        (c) in the immediate flight after the attempt or commission.
        (3) Robbery is a felony of the second degree.

  • Bobber October 14, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    yea, she should have said “plundered”. “St. George jewelry store plundered again”. …

  • el jefe October 15, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Sounds like the quality of “robbers” (in the Aug. 18 incident) has also gotten “dumbed down”. “To make” and “worth” are two separate things. Sounds like there may have been a language deficiency.

  • Amy Terry October 15, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I was sympathetic after reading about yet another burglary of a local business but then I was outraged reading the comments from people who questioned the lack of ‘upgrading’ to the security systems after the previous incident. They then further questioned the ‘coincidence’ of both the burglaries happening to the same business. Why are there such haters in this world? Somewhere they must have been doubted and discounted so they feel the need to ‘pay it forward’ I suppose.

    • Huh? October 17, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Which comments are you reading? I don’t see any like the ones to which you refer.

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