$78,000 in jewelry stolen from Addison Antiques

Between 30 and 35 pieces of jewelry swiped from Palo Alto antique store

A thief or thieves made off with at least $78,000 in jewelry from a Palo Alto antique store on May 22, Palo Alto police Agent Marianna Villaescusa said.

The theft occurred at Addison Antiques at 100 Addison Ave. between 4:35 and 4:48 a.m. The burglar or burglars smashed the glass front door to gain entry.

Once in the store, the thief or thieves smashed glass display cases. Between 30 and 35 pieces of jewelry were stolen, but more could be missing. One vendor is still checking inventory, Villaescusa said.

The burglar alarm was activated, but the private security company delayed calling the police. Officers responded within one minute when notified, she said.

"There was more than one victim of this crime. The store is a victim, and there were two separate people who had jewelry on consignment there," Villaescusa said.

There are no suspects. Police are still investigating the case, she said.


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Posted by cameras
a resident of College Terrace
on May 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

Any business with that much easily stolen merchandise laying around really needs video surveillance cameras. Maybe they won't stop a theft, but pictures do help to catch the crooks later.

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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 30, 2012 at 10:31 pm

1) Inside job? Were I investigating guilt, I'd start by questioning the private "security" company. How handy not to call police.

2) Lawsuit? Private security company has the legal exposure here, it seems.

3) When items are consigned, the store takes responsibility for them. Paperwork should have been taken care of regarding this at the time of consigning. Assuming someone (store, store's insurance company, security company, security company's insurance company) has money in their pockets, the consigners would be compensated for their loss.

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Posted by Jake
a resident of another community
on May 31, 2012 at 8:12 am

I was under the assumption that most jewelry stores put the contents of their cases into the store safe at the end of the day to prevent things like this from happening in the first place? Even if the security company called right when the alarm came in those involved would still have several mins to get loot and escape. At that is assuming there was an officer in that area available to respond. If not it could be 5 plus mins before officer arrived.

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Posted by Stupid-Is-As-Stupid-Does
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

And why was the call from the Burglar Alarm company delayed? How long was it delayed? 1 min? 5 min? 10 min? Seems like this is a key piece of information that is missing from this story.

Also kind of wonder why jewelry stores don't have bars on the windows and video surveillance equipment?

And what about insurance? Sadly, the customer ends up paying for this customers poor management. People would be well-advised not to use stores that don't have adequate security, since it could be your family heirlooms that were in the store for repair that were stolen.

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Posted by Sorry for your loss
a resident of Downtown North
on May 31, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I'm so sorry to hear of this crime against Addison Antiques. It is a lovely store - with such helpful, hard-working and friendly vendors. I have purchased a number of items there and will continue to do so in the future. I am truly,truly sorry.

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