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March 1, 2012

Up to $175K stolen from Main Street jeweler

ANDOVER — The owner of a Main Street jewelry store burglarized Sunday evening says between $130,000 and $175,000 worth of merchandise was stolen.

Nazarian's, 35 Main St., was broken into around 6:10 p.m. Police responded to the scene immediately after being notified by the store's alarm.

Lt. James Hashem said yesterday that the theft remains under investigation. No arrests have been made in connection with the burglary.

Owner Steve Nazarian said he arrived at the store on Sunday night about 15 minutes after the alarm sounded to find the glass in the front door shattered by about a dozen bricks. The door has since been replaced and the store is open for business, he said.

He said a case near the entrance was broken into and merchandise was also stolen from wall displays. It was mostly gold and diamond jewelry that was taken, along with some color stones, Nazarian said.

Inventory was still being taken at the store yesterday to determine what items were stolen, Nazarian said.

A trail of a few of the stolen items was found on Sunday leading from the front door to the rear of the building, he said.

Sgt. Cecilia Blais said investigators are uncertain how the burglar got away, but said tire treads found in a dirt area behind the store suggest the getaway vehicle was a bicycle.

This is the first break-in since the store opened in downtown Andover in 1980.

"We've never had an after- or before-hours break," Nazarian said. "We've had grab-and-run theft during business hours over the years."

Nazarian said that it is surprising that no one witnessed the break-in because it occurred at a visible location during a time when restaurants are other businesses were open, he said.

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