ROCKFORD — Businesses on the city’s northeast side had freshly boarded up doors and windows Sunday, and at least one was cleaning up and assessing losses after a weekend break-in.

Some of those businesses included Jewelry by Christopher on Lexus Drive, Zavius Jewelers on McFarland Road, Gruno’s Diamonds and Porch on North Perryville Road.

An email to the Rockford Police Department on Sunday requesting information about any potential crimes that took place was not answered.

Zavius Jewelers shared video of the break-in on its Facebook page.

“Sadly, our store was among several that were broken into last night. Although his face is not visible, hopefully he can be identified,” the store posted on Sunday.

A masked individual wearing a hood and dark clothing can be seen tossing a large object through the bottom half of a glass door and entering the business.

Zavius Jewelers owner Melissa Pavez said other than the front door being damaged, the business did not suffer any losses.

Once inside, the individual canvassed the store and left, Pavez said when reached Sunday by phone.

Lori Wetzel, co-owner of Porch, considers herself fortunate.

“Nobody was here. Nobody got hurt,” she said Sunday as she and her husband, Pete, tidied up the shop in preparation of re-opening at 9 a.m. Monday.

The burglary at Porch occurred between late Friday and early Saturday morning.

“Somebody in the Starbuck’s (drive-thru) line called it in Saturday,” Wetzel said.

She said the burglar or burglars were very specific in what they wanted. Only one display case containing tennis bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings was emptied.

“It was all cubic zirconia,” she said. “It’s beautiful stuff, but not precious jewels.”

Wetzel even joked that the burglars should have taken time to Google search the business. They would have learned the store is primarily a gift shop carrying home decor and women’s clothing and accessories.

Entry and exit was made through a smashed glass front door.

“There was just glass everywhere,” Wetzel said.

“It’s just sad. The gals that shop here are mostly women over 40,” she said. “It really is a nice area, and we don’t want anybody to be afraid of shopping here.”

Wetzel thanked the Rockford Police Department and the numerous people who commented on the store’s Facebook post.

Anybody with information about the burglaries is asked to call Rockford Police at 815-966-2900 or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.

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