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Chicago Jeweler Loses Entire Inventory in ‘Sophisticated’ Heist

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“They took everything – 100 percent. I have nothing left to sell.”

After what police are calling a “sophisticated” heist, 78-year-old Tamaki Ogura was forced to close his jewelry store in a Chicago suburb, the Chicago Tribune reports. Speaking with the news outlet, Ogura said “the burglars made a hole in the roof of a neighboring doctor’s office, then made another hole through a common wall between the doctor’s office and his store and then cut holes in the back of two safes to steal the items.”

The store was apparently vulnerable at the time of the theft, as the report adds that Ogura broke his neck a few months before and often left a co-worker to man the fort; it was during this time that a few people came into the store to “investigate” the roof. “They took everything — 100 percent. I have nothing to sell,” he says.

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