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Chico businesses experience attempted break-ins; jewelry store owner expresses frustration

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CHICO, Calif. - Geralyn Sheridan is mad that someone broke into her jewelry store, Aicora Gems Jewelry Box, again.

“I'm pissed off,” said Sheridan.

The first break-in at her store happened in 2013.

While Sheridan said insurance will cover the cost of the recent damage, she is still really frustrated about what happened.

Since the incident occurred on Oct. 7, smashed glass is still visible on the floor, including bloodstains left behind by the intruder, as well as a hammer and some pills.

Sheridan said she doesn’t understand why someone would try to break into her store since the cases inside the shop have no jewelry.

“As an artisan with a small business, it’s hard enough to keep business going,” explained Sheridan. “And for senseless things like this to happen when the case was empty, it could’ve been seen from the front, so there’s just a lot of damage.”

Sheridan estimates the damage done to her store could be between $18,000 to $20,000.

“It just seems like there’s a lot of violent crime going on right now, which makes me wonder if it is new groups,” said Sheridan. “Or is it somebody new in town doing all this stuff?”

Sheridan also shared she is concerned about an empty building located right next to her store because many people hang out by that building at night, and she doesn't feel like her property is safe.

Luckily for Sheridan, she learned new owners recently acquired that property.

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