Jewelry shop at base of ski area burglarized |

Jewelry shop at base of ski area burglarized

Blood, glass, jewelry strewn about area Monday morning

Zach Fridell

— A smash-and-grab burglary in Torian Plum Plaza left The Silver Lining Jewelry, Beads & Charms shop with three broken windows and several pieces of jewelry missing or strewn about the courtyard near the base of the ski area Monday.

Store owner Lar­ry Stroman and his wife, Tara, said the burglary probably took place between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. Monday, based on reports from people in the area. The burglar or burglars apparently used a rock to smash two smaller windows, then a large main window with a display. The culprits took several rock and gem formations and several pieces of jewelry from the window display.

Steamboat Springs Police Department Officer Evan Dris­coll responded to the scene and said that although a final value of the theft and damages isn't yet determined, it likely will be more than $1,000.

He said this was the first reported burglary in the base area for some time. No suspects have been identified.

Larry Stroman said he's owned the business in that location, across from the St. Cloud Mountain Club and Slopeside Grill, for 12 years. He's had the business for 20 years, and he said they have never had a burglary like this before.

The Stromans said the alarm was active and armed when they arrived, but it had not sounded when the glass broke. Larry Stroman said it looks like the burglars used a large landscaping rock to break through the window, and they might have tried to get inside but could not enter through the narrow side windows.

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The display case that was ransacked prevented the burglars from entering the store through the main window. Blood-stained glass was found outside the store.

"Some of the most expensive jewelry we found lying out here in the plaza," including a $1,100 bracelet, Tara Stroman said.

The business was open even as the cleanup continued Monday. Tara Stroman said the burglary hit at a hard time because the store was preparing for a season-ending sale to get them through mud season. Larry Stroman said that despite the loss, the store will remain open as usual.

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