ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Police are investigating after Zavius, Grunos, and Christopher’s jewelry stores were broken into Saturday morning.
Rockford police said someone smashed their way into Zavius Jewelers, at 2636 McFarland Road, around 2:30 a.m., but nothing was reported stolen. The person threw a rock through the door, entered, looked and walked around the store. Although the door was shattered, nothing was stolen.
“One person walked into the company, looking for something, and left with nothing,” said Luis Pavez, owner of Zavius Jewelers. “This time the damage is just damage. That’s it.”
At 2:50 a.m., someone threw a rock through the glass lobby door of Gruno’s Diamonds, at 801 N Perryville Road, but nothing was reported stolen in this case, either.
However, police said suspects did take several rings after smashing the front door of Christopher’s Jewelers, at 6585 Lexus Drive, at 3 a.m.
Pavez said that he has security measures in place.
“I have alarm system, all the jewlery put in the safe. We have a vault,” Pavez said. “Just to do damage for no reason…doesn’t make no sense really. It doesn’t.”
Pavez said that this is not the first time that it has happened. His store targeted by looters in 2020.
“Prior to that one, yes, they broken into, they destroyed my cases,” Pavez said. “They robbed me, they robbed the company. Damage was almost upward $1 million.”
Despite the damage, it is safe to shop at the store, according to Pavez.
“Isolated cases doesn’t mean this world is coming to an end,” Pavez said. “I think the community is wonderful, and cases isolated like this one…all customers are welcomed to come in. We fixed the problem.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Rockford Police at 815-966-2900 or by leaving an anonymous tip with Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867 or via the Tip 411 app.