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Burglar hits local jeweler

Janet Urquhart

A burglar stole more than jewelry from a locally owned shop on the Hyman Avenue mall Friday night. A bit of trust disappeared, too.

Harmony Scott and Justin Doty, partners and owners of Harmony Scott Jewelry Design, are struggling with the theft of some $35,000 worth of the shop’s most valuable jewelry.

The burglar or burglars apparently broke in through the back door, off the alleyway, sometime on Friday night or early Saturday, according to Chris Womack, Aspen police detective. The incident remains under investigation, he said Monday.

In a letter to the editor (see page A11), Scott concedes the shop was an easy target, with no security system, no cameras and insufficient locks. The store also had no insurance to cover the loss.

“In an effort to keep our costs low, we have relied on the belief that no one would be interested in stealing a local artist’s work that is more about beauty and style than high value,” she wrote.

“I was just really surprised,” she said yesterday. “I think a lot of people around here think stuff like that doesn’t happen … it does.”

Scott, who designs and makes her own jewelry, is a lifelong resident of the Roaring Fork Valley. Based in Carbondale, Scott and Doty took a chance on Aspen’s retail scene, opening the shop last December.

The burglary was a “huge blow” and will be a factor in deciding whether or not to renew the lease for the shop, which expires next March, Scott said.

“That just sort of broke us,” she said.

Scott said she’s trying to keep a positive outlook, though, and hopes the burglary isn’t a sign that Aspen has changed.

“I’m really hoping it wasn’t somebody in the community,” she said. “I hope it was somebody just passing through. If it was somebody in the community, it really hurts.”

Womack said police “lifted” quite a few fingerprints from the shop and have sent them to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations to see if any of them produce a match with a known set of fingerprints.

In addition, though the shop had no surveillance cameras, there are cameras around town that may provide a lead, he said.

“It’s amazing, when you’re looking, where there are cameras where you never thought there were,” he said.


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