Burglars hit jewelry shop

BAR HARBOR — The losses continue to mount at Willis’ Rock Shop jewelry store as police and others catalog items that went missing during what appears to have been a burglary early last week.

At least $10,000 worth of custom-made jewelry was taken from the Main Street store sometime between the night of Friday, Jan. 6, and the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 10, Sgt. David Kerns said. The theft was reported to police by store owner Roger Willis on Jan. 10.

While police initially described the value of the missing items as “significantly over $1,000,” further investigation has determined that at least $10,000 in jewelry was taken, Sgt. Kerns said Wednesday; and the counting is not over.

Police spent nearly two days at the store last week collecting evidence and investigating the site. Sgt. Kerns was joined at the scene by Officer Chris Wharff  and Trooper David Yankowski of the Maine State Police evidence response team.

The store is open Monday through Friday during the winter season. Mr. Willis discovered a number of missing items on Monday, Jan. 9 after returning from the weekend, and called police Tuesday after finding more jewelry missing.

The goods taken comprise Mr. Willis’ custom-made pieces. A number of other items, including gold chains, were left untouched.

The investigation into the alleged theft is ongoing. Police declined to release information regarding how entry was gained into the building, and would not say whether they had any suspects in the matter.

Willis’ Rock Shop has been doing business in Bar Harbor since 1937. The family-owned business is located on Main Street and has been passed down through three generations.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]