Second Boardman jewelry store in 2 days burglarized

Police outside Direct Jewelry Outlet. Boardman, Aug. 20, 2015
Boardman police investigate a break-in at Direct Jewelry Outlet on Route 224. Aug. 20, 2015

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Boardman Police are looking for a suspect in the township’s third break-in in August, the second in two nights.

The Direct Jewelry Outlet on Route 224 across from the Mill Creek Golf Course was broken into around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

“The one last night, the front door was actually broken out, and, in the previous ones, the locks had been pulled. But there did appear to be some damage on the lock from the one last night, too. So they may or may not be related at this point,” said Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols.

Police found glass on the floor from the broken tops of four jewelry cases inside the store.

Officers and police dogs tried to track the suspect through the woods across the street and onto the Mill Creek Golf Course.

“They had a trail of merchandise that the individual was dropping, and they were following it with police dogs,” said Greg Lehner, owner of the Direct Jewelry Outlet.

Police say the dogs found a bandana and some watches. The store’s owner estimates that the suspect stole at least $1,000 in items.

“We have to go through every piece of merchandise and figure out from which part of the store that we had it. Is it in our inventory or out because he took it?” Lehner said.

Chief Nichols said his officers will be paying closer attention to jewelry stores and has asked the public for help.

“These types of crimes involve a suspicious being around the area of the jewelry store late at night. So if people observe any of that type of activity, call the police department right away,” Nichols said.

Lehner said he believes the police will catch the suspect.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story’s headline stated that there were three jewelry store robberies in two days. A police report has since confirmed that the robbery at Telegold happened earlier in August.

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