Nipomo jewelry store burglars steal $20,000 in merchandise, equipment

A break-in at a Nipomo jewelry store early Tuesday resulted in the loss of thousands of dollars in merchandise and equipment.

San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office deputies responded at around 5:45 a.m. to Carats to Karat in the 300 block of West Tefft Street, said Tony Cipolla, Sheriff’s Office spokesman. The front window of the store had been smashed, allowing a suspect or suspects to enter the store, Cipolla said.

Deputies believe a baseball bat found near the scene was used to break into the store, Cipolla said. The bat is being tested at the Sheriff’s Office crime lab for evidence that may point to potential suspects, he said.

Owner James Simons said burglars made off with a silver earring display, antique and estate jewelry pieces and a jewelry manufacturing tool worth a total of at least $20,000. All jewelry owned by customers was locked in a safe and remained untouched, Simons said.

The store remains open, and a new front window will be installed Thursday, Simons said. Security cameras, which Carats to Karat didn’t previously have, will be installed inside and outside the store and in the parking lot, he said.

Anyone with information about the burglary is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 805-781-4550.

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Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseyholden27