- Associated Press - Monday, August 10, 2015

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A vendor reported more than $1 million worth of jewelry and gems stolen during a weekend antique show in Peoria, according to police.

The theft was reported Sunday after the reopening of the Mid America Antique Show and Sale at Exposition Gardens in Peoria, the (Peoria) Journal Star reported (https://bit.ly/1TeKEFP ). Authorities believe someone broke into the showroom between 6 p.m. Saturday when the show closed for the day and 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

One vendor, Lynda Weaver, reported five cases of jewelry missing, including gold, diamonds, rings, bracelets and necklaces, according to the police report. Another vendor’s property was moved into a bathroom, but nothing was missing.

Blue Goose Antiques co-owner Doug Jennings said vendors discovered the situation Sunday when they arrived to prepare for the show.

“All of a sudden, people noticed cases missing,” he said. “It’s a very sinking feeling.”

Someone may have entered the facility through an unlocked door to a men’s bathroom and then broke into a showroom, police said.

The police report says no security cameras recorded the incident. Vendors said they routinely lock their cases at night and cover them with cloth.


Information from: Journal Star, https://pjstar.com

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