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Police Investigate Burglary at Motch Jewelers

UPDATE (Sunday 12:45 p.m.): Motch Jewelers Chairman David Motch has issued a statement regarding the break-in via Facebook. 

For the first time in over 150 years we suffered our first burglary. We want our customers to know the police and we are doing everything possible to recover lost merchandise. If we have not contacted you already and we are holding your jewelry or watch, please contact us. Pictures and any other details about your objects could be very helpful to the police. You, our customers, remain our most important priority. We would also like to assure you we are taking steps to assure this will never happen again.

Motch continues:

...we are all a little shook up and saddened. We all feel like our home was burglarized. But confident the police will do their job. And without a doubt our loyal customers will be there to support and comfort us.

Contacted late Saturday, Covington Police Chief Spike Jones said there was no further update available in regards to the investigation.

UPDATE (Saturday 2:20 p.m.): Police remain on the scene. No official word on what was taken yet. Motch Jewelers has posted a sign to its door saying that it is closed until further notice.

ORIGINAL POST (Saturday 11:15 a.m.):

A Downtown Covington business fell victim to burglary overnight and police are still on the scene as of 11:15 a.m. Saturday.

The target was Motch Jewelers on Madison Avenue, open since 1857. Police are tight-lipped so far as to what happened but Kenton County Dispatch said the original call involved the report of a burglary.

Nearby shop owners told The River City News that the burglary involved two buildings. Initial reports are that one or more suspects entered the neighboring German National Bank Building, which is vacant and undergoing renovation, and cut a hole in the wall to gain access to Motch. 

Once in the jewelry store, the suspect or suspects gained access to the safe.

The River City News has not confirmed what was taken.

Police were seen going in and out of both 611 and 613 Madison Avenue, the addresses of Motch Jewelers and the German National Bank Building, respectively.

This story will be updated as soon as more details are gathered.

Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photos by RCN

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