Kuba Jewelers in Oak Park burglarized through hole in wall

Thieves entered by breaking into vacant property next door

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

Police say thieves stole jewelry from display cases and cut open a safe, removing cash, after they broke into Kuba Jewelers in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue, overnight Feb. 24.

A pry tool was allegedly used to break into the back door of the vacant neighboring business at 818 S. Oak Park, which formerly housed Yova Coffee Shop sometime between 4 p.m. Feb. 24 and 11:45 a.m. the next day. A hole was cut in the wall and the offenders crawled into the jewelry store, where they pried open display cases and cut open a safe, apparently with a cutting tool, according to Oak Park Detective Sgt. Michael Richardson.

"They took jewelry from the safe and $200," said Richardson, adding that the shop did not have a video surveillance system. Investigators were canvassing neighboring businesses' video systems for evidence. Richardson said the shop's owner did not have an accurate estimate of the total loss. Damage to the building was estimated at $800.

Kuba Jewlers is one of the oldest jewelry stores in Oak Park and has been open "more than 40 years," Richardson said.

In May 2010, three men with guns robbed Harrison Jewelers on Roosevelt Road and clerks were bound with duct tape. Police said robbers in that event opened the safe and stole jewelry from display cases, cash, and customers' jewelry left for repair.

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So Sorry from Oak Park  

Posted: March 6th, 2013 4:46 PM

We have lived here since 1972 and we love Kuba Jewelers. They always replace our watch batteries and do jewelry repair. I even had my wedding ring re-set there. So sorry to hear about this. I hope they can still remain in business!

Skip Bittman from Mellonville  

Posted: February 28th, 2013 8:26 AM

There's going to be a heist!

Mark Riley from Oak Park  

Posted: February 28th, 2013 8:19 AM

Sounds like members of ARP. Back in the day there was a lot of loose talk on busting into this place. For sure it took coglionis!

Suzanne Vestuto from Oak Park  

Posted: February 27th, 2013 10:34 PM

Jim & Family, so sorry to hear of your loss! You are such a great jewelry repairman. We all will need to come & support you. The best!

OPer from oak park  

Posted: February 27th, 2013 10:11 PM

Kuba has been a trusted neighborhood jeweler for years. I am so sorry this happened to you!

Crime  

Posted: February 27th, 2013 7:09 PM

That's too bad, but why didn't a jewelry store, in Oak Park of all places, have security cameras? This reads like some "italian Job" type crime, quite inventive on the burglars part, so they get points for that... But I hope the police catch the scum. I hope the store is insured at least.

Teresa Powell  

Posted: February 27th, 2013 6:21 PM

I have patronized Kuba Jewelers for over 30 years...now that they are semi-retired, they have scaled back hours. I am truly sorry to hear of this loss...they are such nice people.

Laugh for the Day  

Posted: February 27th, 2013 5:54 PM

I read "Jewels burglarized through Hole in Wall"...and wondered how that could be since they are not even near each other, much less adjacent. Must quit skimming head lines or have my eyes examined.

Sorry to hear but...  

Posted: February 27th, 2013 5:48 PM

I never see that place open, ever.

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