Jeweler hit again by burglar

Published 9:19pm Monday, November 18, 2013

Another shattered pane of glass and more missing jewelry has one downtown proprietor, and the Selma Police Department, searching for clues about the thief.

Sgt. Kendall Thomas, with the Selma Police Department, said a break-in last week at Butler Truax Jewelers had indisputable similarities to a break-in at the same store earlier this month.

“There was another break-in last week, and it appeared a male subject threw a rock through a front window,” Thomas said. “We are unable to identify him as of now. He was wearing dark clothing. It had the same tactics as before. He left the store and ran through the alley between Butler Truax and El Ranchero back toward Lauderdale Street.”

Outside of the basic similarities between the two break-ins, Thomas said he could not discuss too much about the ongoing investigation.

Jewelry had also been stolen from the family-owned store during a break-in during the early morning hours of Nov. 6.

During that burglary, an individual was captured on multiple security cameras shattering the glass of one of the store’s front doors, before breaking into a display case and stealing an unknown amount of jewelry.

Earlier in the month, following the first break-in, Butler Truax co-owner Doris Truax said the first incident had resulted in a large loss for the business.

“We will take an inventory of the jewelry left in that case, but it was definitely a few thousand dollars worth,” Truax said the day after the first incident.

Contacted last week, Truax declined comment on the second break-in.

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