Police receiving tips on Kay’s break-in

CALCUTTA –St. Clair Township police are looking to work with other agencies as it continues the investigation into the break-in of a local jewelry store.

During Tuesday’s meeting with township trustees, Police Chief Brian McKenzie provided an update on in the incident that took place Sunday morning at Kay Jewelers, located in the Summit Square Shopping Plaza along Dresden Avenue in Calcutta.

According to reports, a suspect, or suspects, reportedly entered the jewelry store through a hole cut in the roof of the building, scaling down a wall inside the store and disabling the alarm system before taking a large amount of the store’s inventory.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) was called out and processed the scene for several hours Sunday.

Since then, McKenzie said police have continued to work on the case along with BCII, while also looking to get more information out to other agencies through a new member of the Youngstown BCII unit.

“We’re trying to get our information out to other agencies right now,” McKenzie said. “There’s been a change-over … the person we would send our information to at the Youngstown BCI. That guy has retired.”

McKenzie also reported police have received tips from residents and will continue to work the case.

“It’s an unusual event,” McKenzie said. “It’s not the first time we’ve had something like that happen in the township since I’ve been here. Hopefully we’ll keep plugging away at it and go from there.”

Meanwhile, McKenzie presented the police department’s activity count for the month of Februrary, which amounted to 173 total reports.

The department covered 57 total incident reports, 52 arrests, 42 traffic citations, 22 accidents, and 14 incidents/documentation.

Also included in the monthly breakdown were seven towed vehicles, five warrant checks/services, four juvenile problems, four traffic stops, three domestic violence reports, two criminal damaging, two drug activity reports, two DUIs, two investigating disturbances, two removal requests, two thefts, two vandalism reports, one ambulance request, one breaking and entering, one drug overdose, one follow-up investigation, one fraud report, and one welfare check.

The total activity count for the year now is 371. February’s count was a slight decrease from January with 198 reports, but McKenzie told trustees the activity count has remained consistent with past months and years. McKenzie also stated February was a slow month of sorts due to the weather.