By: Christopher Faulknor, Publisher
An alleged robbery on Oct. 3, has left Huff Pharmacy and Jewelry, a longtime Boyne City business out thousands of dollars of product.
According to a press release issued by Boyne City Police Chief Jeff Gaither, someone broke out a front window and took jewelry from the window display at approximately 2:30 a.m.
The press release also stipulated that it did not appear that the store had been entered.
“They broke out my front window, took thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, and took off down the alley,” said Robert Huff, the store’s owner and pharmacist.
Huff added that several local businesses have cameras, both for security and tourism purposes, and that he had hopes of checking with those business owners for information.
“We’re following several very strong leads,” said Chief Gaither in an Oct. 11, interview with The Boyne City Gazette.
Gaither also confirmed the presence of nearly a dozen empty jewelry boxes in Lake Charlevoix near the mouth of the Boyne River, although they had not been officially identified as coming from the alleged robbery.
“Some locals, along with the Charlevoix County Sheriff Department helped us out in fishing out the boxes,” added Gaither.
While there have been occurrences of theft in the area, local business owner Karen Guzniczak feels this is an isolated incident.
But, she added, “We do have an alarm system in our store though.”
Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Bauman sees this as a learning experience.
“It’s something to be on guard against,” he said.
“You can’t get too secure.”
Baumann, however, feels that shoplifting is more of a problem than break-ins around Boyne City.
“I don’t remember anything like this happening other than the incident with the kids breaking into the Boyne Co-Op,” he said.
What Baumann refers to is a 2009 incident involving a break-in and vandalism at the Boyne Co-Op and True Value, a case where the vandals were eventually caught.
“It’s a small town and everybody knows everybody,” he said. “Hopefully the same thing happens this time, too.”
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Boyne City Police Department at (231) 582-6611.