Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 16, 2013

Thief breaks into Nazarian Jewelers

Theft comes 11 months after earlier incident

By Dustin Luca
Staff Writer

---- — A downtown jewelry store is feeling relatively fortunate following a break, saying the crime yielded the robber only a small number of items.

Police were called to Nazarian Jewelers, a family-owned business at 35 Main St., at 4:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 after an in-store alarm indicated a burglary was taking place, according to police.

Police are still investigating the break, reviewing security films for surrounding businesses to get an image of who broke into the store, they said. It isn't yet known how many suspects were involved. It is the second break at the Andover jewelry store in 11 months.

Ray Nazarian, an employee of the store, said it is likely the person or people who broke in had trouble getting through the store's front door after breaking the glass with a dumbbell weighing around 20 pounds.

All of the losses are limited to a single display section on one of the store's side walls, suggesting to Nazarian that the suspect came in with a specific item or spot in mind. Within the open shelf area that was hit, things like displays covered in 14 karat gold charms were left completely untouched.

"No damage was done to any of the show cases. Nothing in the middle, nothing in the back," he said. "Because of the limited amount of things they took and the damage done to the entryway, they had to have had so many minutes, and to get the hell out."

A police dog following the scent of the suspect led police on a trail from the store's front door to a rear exit, according to Nazarian.

It isn't known whether the break is related to another one that took place at the store on Feb. 26, 2012, Nazarian said.

In that mid-evening break, a group of bricks was used to break through the front door and take somewhere between $130,000 and $175,000 in jewelry. Further information on that incident, including the final inventory loss, was unavailable Monday.

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