SHELBY - According to a press release from the Shelby Police Department, on October 28, 2015 at 3:03 a.m., Tres Dens Jewelry was broken into, by having their front window smashed out. A large quantity of jewelry was taken. There was some video footage of both the break in and the subsequent flight of two suspects. It was also in part witnessed and reported by a citizen.
Officer Keith Swisher was called in that morning to process the crime scene and subsequently took over that investigation. Over the course of the last few weeks, Officer Swisher conducted a very thorough investigation, which led him to both Willard and Lorain, and caused him to work with several businesses as well as the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, and the Willard and Lorain Police Departments. Officer Swisher conducted numerous searches, interviews, and collected a vast amount of information and evidence in this case. He conducted a good, old fashioned police investigation.
As a result of this investigation, he was able to recover a large amount of jewelry from several locations and individuals, and was able to identify several suspects in the actual break in, as well as ancillary subjects that were selling in or in the possession of stolen jewelry from the break in.
On Monday morning, the Honorable Jon P. Schaefer, Shelby Municipal Court Judge, authorized an arrest warrant for Kevin Czupik, of Willard for Breaking and Entering, a fifth degree felony. Czupik is currently in the custody of the Huron County Sheriff’s Office and will be transported for appearance in Shelby Municipal Court.
Many thanks to all of our area law enforcement partners, who went the extra mile in helping us solve this case, and we are also grateful to Officer Swisher for the manner in which he conducted this investigation, which allowed him to identify and arrest one of the perpetrators.
Co-owner of TresDens, Denny Kurtzman, thanked the officers who came out the night of the break-in and “their professionalism in tracking down the guys who did it.”
“The police just missed them by minutes (after the break-in),” he said. “Our video surveillance caught them coming down the alley, breaking the window and also caught them in the store during the act. They were just in and out so quickly.“It’s a terrible loss for us, but we’re getting a lot of it back,” he noted.