Burglary at Byron's

A front window is boarded up at Byron's Jewelry on East Race Avenue after it was broken into early Friday morning. Sgt. Todd DeWitt, the Searcy Police Department public information officer, said it appeared a brick was used to shatter the window. Police also discovered shattered glass from a display case and an estimated $2,000 worth of jewelry was stolen. No suspect has been arrested. The investigation is ongoing, he said.

A break-in and burglary early Thursday morning at a Searcy jewelry story is under investigation, according to Sgt. Todd DeWitt, public information officer for the Searcy Police Department.

DeWitt said officers were dispatched to Byron’s Jewelry at 2601 E. Race Ave. at approximately in response to an alarm call at the business.

“When they responded, they found shattered glass,” DeWitt said. One of the front window panels of the business had been broken by a brick, he said. A display case also was shattered and an estimated $2,000 worth of jewelry was taken.

DeWitt said investigators “are still working on” the case, so some details were unavailable at this time, including whether fingerprints were taken at the scene and if any suspects had been developed. 

He said he also could not say if police had any video camera evidence to use. DeWitt did say it is not known if a single person or multiple people were involved in the burglary. “It’s a little bit too early to tell,” he said.

(UPDATE: On Monday, DeWitt said that Jesse James Rayburn, 37, of Searcy has been developed as a "person of interest" in the case, pending formal charges.)

Anyone who has information about the burglary is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division at (501) 279-1038.

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