Henrico jewelry store closing permanently after burglary

A Henrico jewelry store is closing permanently after someone apparently broke in during the New Year's weekend and emptied the store of nearly all its merchandise, according to the store's owner.

Someone entered Beverly Hills Jewelers on Staples Mill Road through its back door sometime between the close of business on Friday, Dec. 30, and the morning of Tuesday Jan. 3, owner Gary Baker told the Citizen. The person or persons cut through a series of three doors to gain entry and also cut the wiring to the store's security system as well as the lights to the complex, Baker said.

Once inside, the burglars cut into two safes and emptied nearly the entire store, Baker said.

Henrico Police are still investigating the incident, said Lt. Eric Owens, who had no additional information to share Wednesday afternoon. No suspects have been identified.

But Baker told the Citizen that the incident would be too much for his business to overcome.

"They got it all," he said of the thieves. "These guys knew what they were doing. This wasn't their first rodeo."

Baker, who has been in the jewelry business for a quarter century, said his merchandise was not insured, so he must incur the losses himself. The prospect of trying to start over – essentially from scratch – is too daunting to consider, he said, so he's closing the business instead.
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Reynolds CC dedicates student center


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Jerry Owen served on the Reynolds College Board from 1984 to 1988, and he and his wife support the college’s scholarship fund and created an endowment for the Reynolds Middle College, which helps students earn a high school equivalency and transition into a degree or workforce credential program. > Read more.

Capital One sponsors ‘Coders Experience’


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Hermitage band member named All-American


The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance Selection Tour will visit Hermitage H.S. Oct. 19 to recognize Truman Chancy as a 2018 U.S. Army All-American. Hermitage High School will honor Chancy before his classmates, bandmates, family and friends at the high school’s band room during band practice, and he will be presented with his honorary All-American Marching Band jacket. > Read more.

Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Oct. 16, 2017


This week, Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers is asking for the public to assist the Richmond Police Department in the identification of wayward artists that were using buildings as their canvas.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, four people were recorded on security cameras vandalizing multiple properties in the area of the 2500 blocks of West Main Street and Floyd Avenue. The suspects (pictured) were walking north on Robinson Street and spray painting the properties as they meandered along. > Read more.

Slipping through


Hermitage quarterback Jay Carney escapes defenders during the Panthers' 33-0 win against Godwin Friday night. Hermitage is 8-0 and has won its past four games by a combined score of 172-28. > Read more.

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