Local law enforcement officers have temporarily moved the investigation of a Solvang jewelry store burglary into their inactive file.

Detective Sgt. Eric Koopmans, who is in charge of the North County Detective Bureau, said requests for information on similar crimes between Solvang and San Diego proved fruitless. One possible suspect involved in a Los Angeles burglary determined that person was not involved in the Aug. 28 burglary of A.E. Wilkinson Fine Jewelers on 1st Street.

According Koopmans and a police log report, burglars disabled the jewelry store's silent alarm, pried open and broke a rear bathroom and entered the store at 9:45 p.m. An attempt to open a safe was unsuccessful, though it was damaged to the point the owner could not open it, a log entry states. An audible alarm sounded briefly, but no one called law enforcement, the officer said.

Evidence at the scene indicated two people may have been involved, he said.

Initial estimates placed the loss at more than $110,000 in gold, platinum and jewels. Koopmans revised that figure down to $60,000.

The detective said he suspects the thieves were from out of the area because there have not been any similar burglaries in Solvang or elsewhere in the county. When people disappear without a trace, it makes these cases hard to solve, he explained. Some people will come into the area for one or two nights, commit a burglary, then leave.

Anyone having information on the burglary is asked to call Det. Ruby Wolff at 686-5000.


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