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Trust stolen, too

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:Sometime on the evening of Friday, July 16, our jewelry store at 411 E. Hyman Ave. (under New York Pizza) was broken into and robbed of $35,000 of our best 18-karat jewelry and other silver, gemstone and pearl jewelry. Needless to say, this has been a huge blow to our small business.If anyone has any information regarding this theft, saw or heard anything on the evening to early morning hours of July 1617, we would greatly appreciate it. Please call us at 963-7190, anonymously if you wish. We know we had a part to play in making it too easy to break and enter into our building. With no security system, no cameras, and insufficient locks we must have seemed like easy prey. We also have no jewelry insurance to cover our loss, so this truly is a huge learning experience. As of the writing of this letter, we have remedied the security issues, but unfortunately beyond liability and basic business insurance (that only covers fixtures and up to $2,500 in jewelry) the insurance industry doesn’t have a policy that will fit with the type of artist-run jewelry store that we operate. 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. All small businesses and artists should be reminded that there are people who will do these types of crimes if you give them a chance. We do hope this incident was perpetrated by someone from “outside” that had no knowledge of who they were hurting or the consequences of their actions. However, if someone who lives here did this, we would like to make them aware that the people they robbed are hard-working locals who are doing their best to survive, create good jobs, and provide an affordable place to shop. You have hurt us, but our intention is to become stronger through this experience.We want to acknowledge all our wonderful customers, friends, and neighbors who have supported us through our first five years of business. It is truly a blessing to be a part of your lives and to add a little touch of beauty to the already beautiful people of our fair valley. Thank you also to the police officers that responded so quickly and efficiently to our 911 call.Blessings to all, and thank you for listening.Harmony ScottJustin DotyOwners of Harmony Scott Jewelry Design


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