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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