Medawar Jewelers suffers from intricate break-in spanning through two other businesses

Police are currently on scene of a break-in that took place at the Medawar Jewelers on South Westnedge Avenue in Portage. (Cody Combs/WWMT)

Police investigated a break-in that took place at the Medawar Jewelers on South Westnedge Avenue in Portage between the evening of Saturday, April 21 and 1:40 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.

The owner of Medawar Jewelers, Pierre Medawar, says the suspects were able to cut a hole through two businesses -- both a pet grooming salon and a nail salon -- before making their way into the jeweler.

"They’re not amateurs, whoever did this knew what they were doing," Medawar said. "Police said who did this may be from Chicago or Detroit, not a local group."

Medawar confirms multiple items from the safe's inventory have been stolen.

"Some of the rings and diamonds were taken, we don’t know how much yet, we’ll have to do inventory to find out," Medawar said.

Medawar said he has no idea who could have done this and confirms there's no possibility that it was an inside job.

"This is not an inside job. I wouldn’t be able to do what they did, and I’ve been in this business 40 years," Medawar said.

The owner did say customer items have not been harmed as the safe seemed to be the main target of the break-in.

Julia Gunger, the owner of the pet grooming salon Claws and Paws, says she was mostly concerned about the 40-year-old bird in her shop being unharmed.

"I have not been allowed in the building," Gunger said. "The first thing I wanted to know if the bird was okay, and it was."

As of 8:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, investigators are still sifting through evidence at the scene working to find leads.

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