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3/13/2013
Littleton Dana Jewelry Burglarized
PHOTO BY ROBERT BLECHL
Thieves struck Dana Jewelry this weekend and made off with gold merchandise, watches and precious stones.
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PHOTO BY ROBERT BLECHL

Thieves struck Dana Jewelry this weekend and made off with gold merchandise, watches and precious stones.

Robert Blechl
Staff Writer

LITTLETON, N.H. - Police continue the search for the thieves who struck a jewelry store along Main Street during the weekend and made off with a large amount of gold merchandise, precious stones and watches.

Dana Jewelry was broken into some time between Saturday night and early Sunday morning. As of Tuesday, no arrests were made.

"They cleaned me out," store owner Lorne Phelps said Tuesday.

Fortunately, he said, his best-selling items were untouched and all the of the customer jewelry and diamonds were in a large, heavy safe that was also untouched.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Littleton police officials said, "The investigation revealed that all jewelry display cases had been forced open and the contents removed. Discovered missing was a substantial amount of merchandise to include gold, semi and precious stones, Citizen watches and Pandora brand charms."

No customer repair items were stolen during the incident, said police.

The burglary, said Phelps, was high-level and almost certainly involved several people.




"It was executed like a military operation," said Phelps. "They got around two major burglary alarms."

A total dollar amount of items stolen has not been determined.

"All I know is it's big," said Phelps.

What has been determined, however, is the damage to his store and Phelps estimates the thieves did between $15,000 to $20,000 in damage to some 15 jewelry cases.

In his 53 years in the jewelry business Phelps has owned 25 stores, including several in St. Johnsbury. Burglaries to his stores have occurred every few years.

"This is the 15th time I've been hit in 50 years," he said.

But in his 47 years in Littleton, Phelps said this is the first time his Littleton store has been hit.

Dana Jewelry was closed Monday, but reopened Tuesday.

Several Littleton police officers responded to the scene Sunday afternoon when the burglary was reported.

"I commend the Littleton Police Department," said Phelps.

Anyone with information on the burglary is encouraged to call the Grafton County Dispatch Center at 444-2422 or email info@littletonpd.org.







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