Hundreds of diamond rings taken in Wilmette burglary
Updated: April 9, 2013 1:21AM
A former jewelry store owner who moved some of his remaining inventory from a bank safe deposit box to his Wilmette home discovered last week that it might not have been the right move to make; someone took a computer bag he had filled with at least $300,000 worth of diamond rings from his LaCrosse Avenue home in an Aug. 13 burglary.
The man’s wife told police she discovered the rear patio doors open, and a power cord lying on the living room floor, when she returned from a shopping trip to their home on the 700 block of LaCrosse.
Police said that when she checked the house, she found someone had pulled down stairs to the attic, and had also ransacked the couple’s master bedroom, where the bag of jewels had been stored.
Her husband, who formerly operated a jewelry store on the south side of Chicago, said he kept 400 to 500 diamond rings in the bag that was taken.
He also told police that he had kept the rings in a bank safety deposit box until a month and a half previously.
Whoever took the rings failed to take two bags of loose diamonds valued at about $20,000 from the bedroom, as well as rings and earrings valued at about $5,800. ~.