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Pawn shop hit by burglars

Burglars made off with hundreds of pieces of jewelry from a Medford pawn shop in an early morning break-in Monday that was caught on surveillance video.

The pieces stolen from Southern Oregon Pawn, 400 N. Riverside Ave., included cluster and solitaire diamond rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces and bracelets. The store’s owner, Peter Schulzke, estimates a loss of about $260,000.

“Basically it was about 700 pieces,” he said.

The crime occurred just after 3 a.m. Monday, according to a time stamp on surveillance video, Schulzke said. Two individuals — whether they were male or female was not immediately available — smashed out the glass on a door to get in. They covered their faces with hoods and masks, Schulzke said. No additional description was available.

“Once inside, they stole a substantial amount of jewelry,” said Medford police Lt. Kerry Curtis.

The burglars were inside the store for about five minutes and pried open at least two display cases. The business alarm did not sound for an unknown reason.

Schulzke discovered the break-in hours later when he opened the shop.

“I noticed it was really cold, so I thought someone might have left the heater off,” Schulzke said. Then he saw the broken window.

Police said other area pawn shops should be on the lookout for an abundance of jewelry people may attempt to pawn.

“This is going to be a challenge for us to solve,” Curtis said.

Detectives will be working with Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon on the case, and Schulzke said a reward will be offered.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com or at 541-776-4468.