Cindy Caskey-Moore entered her business, Caskey’s Jewelry, on Sunday morning to find it had been burglarized and vandalized.
Kentucky State Police said those responsible apparently gained entry through the roof of the building.
No total loss has yet been calculated because store employees are doing inventory and cleaning up the destruction.
The thieves also removed the store’s surveillance system.
“I was absolutely shocked at the devastation. I’m mad, disgusted and feel violated,” Caskey-Moore said. “This is our family business and that means we have devoted everything to it. They’ve not just taken stuff. This affects our family, employees and our customers.”
Display cases were emptied of jewelry and employees spent all day Monday trying to get the store back in order.
“They’ve thrown our displays around and have taken hundreds of pieces of jewelry,” said Caskey-Moore. “They took the time to sit down and remove items from their displays and boxes and sorted through it then just threw things around.”
Many one-of-a-kind items and estate jewelry were taken but, at this point, it appears as though all of the firearms in the adjoining Caskey’s Gun and Pawn were not touched.
Caskey-Moore said while business will be interrupted temporarily, she is committed to going on for her customers and family.
“We will have to be closed for the next couple of days to take inventory, straighten up everything and get everything fixed,” said Caskey-Moore. “Layaways and jewelry repairs can be retrieved through Caskey’s Gun and Pawn until we reopen to the public.”
She said she hoped to reopen by Monday at the latest.
“Most importantly, no one was hurt and for that I am incredibly thankful,” Caskey-Moore said. “I’m so grateful for the patience and understanding of our customers, as well as their loyalty throughout all the years.”
Caskey-Moore said she and her family are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrests and convictions of those responsible for the break-in.
“I want them caught and I hope that anyone with information will come forward,” she said.
To report information to the KSP, call the Morehead post at (606) 784-4127. No arrests have been made, and the incident is under investigation by Detective David Zimmerman.
“I am so thankful for the KSP, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department and the Morehead Police Department for their response and their commitment to our family business and all of the businesses in Rowan County,” said Caskey-Moore.
She said that while the surveillance system was taken, a computer technician will be coming to the store to analyze the video evidence that was left. She added that an armed guard will be placed in the two stores 24 hours a day, seven days per week along with new security systems.