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Burglars smash and grab from jeweler, netting $10k in loot

Of the Keizertimes

A burglary at Boucher Jewelers in Keizer netted a thief more than $10,000 in jewelry.

At about 10:06 p.m. Sunday, July 25, an unknown suspect shattered a window at the 4965 River Road store, stealing several items and exiting out the same window he entered through.

It was the first break-in at the store since 1994, according to Jeff Boucher, a co-owner.

The suspect is described as a white male between ages 20-30, standing approximately 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black baseball cap, white t-shirt, black shorts with a pinstripe on the side and white shoes.

Officers from Keizer Police arrived moments after the burglary, but according to Sgt. Andrew Copeland the suspect had already left the scene. A K9 search tracked back to a set of tire tracks in an adjacent parking lot, which makes officers think a vehicle was waiting on the suspect.

It appears the burglary took just a few seconds. The suspect tossed a brick through a plate glass window,. Officers were on site within a minute, Boucher said. An officer nearby heard an audible alarm, and a pedestrian on River Road also phoned authorities.

“This is very unusual and seems like an act of desperation,” Boucher said. “In the video you can see cars driving by as he’s doing it. That’s how absolutely bizarre this is.”

All customer jewelry was locked away separately in a vault, and was never accessible to the culprit, Boucher said.

Their operating hours will not be affected.

Anyone with information is asked to call Keizer Police at 503-390-3713.