Two Longboat Key residents reported jewelry missing from their homes Jan. 28, but police don’t believe the incidents are related.
A property manager at Vizcaya condominium called police at 10:12 p.m. Tuesday to report that an unknown person entered John and Elenor Maxheim’s unit and removed all of Mrs. Maxheim’s jewelry from the dresser while the couple was out to dinner.
The suspect(s) apparently removed jewelry from a tray in the master bedroom’s drawer and a travel bag and also stole $1,200 and 500 Euros, all in cash, from a closet.
Mr. Maxheim gave police a copy of his insurance policy that provided a detailed description of the items stolen and said he would get information about items that hadn’t yet been included on the policy. He estimated the total loss was between $550,000 and $600,000.
Police believe the suspect entered the unit through the fire escape stairwell through the garage, then, entered the couple’s patio door that was propped open with a brick. The suspect then found the door to the dinette area unlocked.
Earlier in the evening, police responded to a burglary reported at 6:06 p.m. in the 600 block of Buttonwood Drive.
John Rozylowicz and Terri Baker returned to the home where they’ve been staying for several weeks and noticed the front door had been damaged and forced open, according to a police report. They discovered that more than $3,000 worth of jewelry was missing.
Neighbors reported seeing two white or Hispanic males in the area that night and the day before.
Police continue to pursue active leads for both incidents but don’t believe they’re connected, according to Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming.
“After looking at both of them, there’s nothing that seems to be related in any way,” Cumming said. “One was a forced entry, in the other, the door to the building was propped open, and the point of entry appears to be a stairwell.”
For more information, pick up a Feb. 6 copy of the Longboat Observer.
Contact Robin Hartill at [email protected].