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WEST MILFORD – A break-in at a local jewelry store left owners struggling with broken glass and stolen gems Thursday morning.
Karen Ortolani, owner of the jewelry repair center at 1614M Union Valley Road, said burglars broke through the front door around 4.30am and smashed glass wall units and a display case.
Store employees took inventory at 10:45 a.m. to determine losses and prepare the store for a noon opening.
“You feel like you’ve been personally raped,” Linda Leaman said, as she sorted through a box of jewelry. “When it comes to your own business, you take it personally.”
No arrests were made. No suspect has been announced. Police said the investigation was ongoing.
“Fortunately, it wasn’t as bad as it looked,” Ortolani said. “He must have lowered a lot. Tons fell to the ground.
Ortolani said she believed a professional criminal likely staked out the store before breaking and entering. The theft focused on the estate jewelry section of the store, with the rest of the store being ignored.
All of the clients’ jewelry, some under repair, was locked in the safe, she said. Only retail goods were stolen, she added.
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The store’s alarm company notified police at 4:32 a.m.
The value of the stolen goods has not yet been determined, the det said. Sgt. Joseph Walker.
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Leaman said she was grateful no one was hurt. A daytime burglary could have ended with tragic results, she said. The suspects, she said, most likely picked the early hour for cover.
“It was 4.30 in the morning, in a thunderstorm, who came out? she said.
Ortolani has worked in the jewelry business in West Milford for about 38 years without incident, she said. She has been at the location in the Bearfort Shopping Village for almost three of those years.
Ortolani said she was grateful to have a good alarm system and cameras, which she hopes the police can use to apprehend the offender (s).
“It’s just another robbery in a small town,” Ortolani said. “What are you going to do? You have to move on. Life goes on.”