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Kip Storz is seen sweeping up glass shards through the shattered front window of Robin Hood Jewelry in Pine Mountain Village on Friday, Aug. 12 at about 10 a.m.
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Kip Storz inside Robin Hood Jewelry, cleaning up the broken glass left by the intruder/s who broken glass display cases and grabbed jewelry items. [Hedlund photo for The Mountain Enterprise]
PINE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE (August 12, 2011, 11 a.m.)—The front window of Robin Hood’s Jewelry in Pine Mountain Village was broken and a burglry took place inthe early hours of Friday, Aug. 12. The owners of neighboring La Leña Restaurant discovered the broken front window when they arrived at 7 a.m. and reported it to the Pine Mountain Club Patrol.
Friends quicky arrived to help clean up the mess after Kern County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the scene Deputies found fresh blood on broken glass shards. Employee Pam Plouffe said the investigators indicated they would be able to get DNA samples from the blood.
Co-owner Vivian Hood said she thinks there is more than $30,000-$40,000 in loss, not including the cost to repair the shattered shop. She believes the thief or thieves used a sledge hammer to shatter the window and the glass showcases inside the store. Plouffe said she thought they could have used a rock. The employee was busy helping to clean up, assisted by Kip Storz with Vickie and Mark Barnes, who were sweeping up glass and using a shopvac to clean up the area.
Plouffe said the thieves seemed to be very focused in their choice of items to take. She said they broke her "wedding showcase." She speculates that the surge in the value of gold may have been a motive.
Richard and Vivian Hood and members of the community said they hope that those who may have seen a vehicle in the area between midnight and 7 a.m., or something amiss, will come forward to give a description of what they saw.
This is part of the August 19, 2011 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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