Public safety — Jem 100 joins library and antique store as latest burglary victims, investigation continues

The past two weeks, business owners and managers of public facilities near downtown Newberg have arrived in the morning to discover they have been the victims of thieves. In the first string, on Nov. 11, the Newberg Public Library and Wine Country Antiques lost cash and suffered damage from a burglar. Wine Country Antiques was also broken into two weeks prior.

On Nov. 18, the library was broken into a second time, this time joined by Jem 100 a few blocks away on North Main Street.

Newberg-Dundee Police Department Capt. Jeff Kosmicki said the total damage incurred Nov. 18 by the two buildings was more than $1,000. Cash was also stolen from both locations: $11.75 from Jem 100 and an undisclosed amount from the library.

“At approximately 1:40 a.m. an officer noticed fresh damage to the front door. It was determined to be another forced entry into the library,” Kosmicki said. “Later that morning it was discovered Jem 100 had a picture window broken and a door window broken to gain entry into the building.”

Police estimated the damage at approximately $800.

From the Nov. 11 burglaries, the library lost $50 in cash as well as suffering two broken windows. The antique shop lost some holiday decorations and suffered damage to the back door. The first break-in netted the thieves 20 to 30 sterling silver rings and about $50 in cash.

Kosmicki said all of the break-ins had similar modus operandi, but searches of the buildings produced no suspects.

He added that investigations are ongoing and asked that anyone with information or surveillance video in those areas to call Detective Sheldon Clay at 503-538-8321.

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