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Burglars Drilled All Night to Break Open Jeweler’s Safe

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They took hundreds of thousands in merchandise.

Burglars apparently set up a drill on a tripod to break open a jeweler’s case-hardened steel safe in Lakewood Ranch, FL, YourObserver.com reports.

Because the safe would withstand hours of abuse even with high-powered tools, Murray Margolis, owner of The Family Jeweler, surmises: “They were here all night.”

The thieves took “a few hundred thousand dollars worth” of good from the safe and the rest of the store, Margolis told the news outlet. They had cut a hole in a wall to enter the store.

Margolis has been in the jewelry industry for well over five decades. He spent most of his career in Pennsylvania before retiring to Florida — he started The Family Jeweler because he missed the business and wanted to stay active.

Now Margolis and his wife, Ardene, are picking up the pieces with help from industry colleagues. But the burglary was a blow for them emotionally.

“… It took all the fun out of being in the business,” Murray Margolis told YourObserver.com. “Now I have to make myself come in.”

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