Officials investigate Mel’s break-in

VIENNA – Officials with the Vienna Police Department are investigating an early morning breaking and entering attempt at a jewelry store.

Around 4 a.m. Tuesday, Mel’s Diamond House owner Jean Ford said she received a phone call that someone had tried to enter the building at 2651 Grand Central Ave. by breaking a window.

“It seems they broke the window with a hammer, but we have cameras and anytime something happens a silent alarm is triggered to the police department,” Ford said. “But when they broke the glass, our outside alarm went off and it seemed to have scared them away.”

When the suspects ran, they left behind a backpack, hammer and cloth, which Ford said she believes was used to temper the sound of the window breaking.

“It doesn’t look like they ever got inside the store, which is lucky,” Ford said. “Other than my office being full of glass, it doesn’t appear that anything was taken.”

Sgt. Rod Shuman with the Vienna Police Department said the department is investigating the incident and looking for the perpetrators.

“I don’t know if we will find them, but we are investigating,” he said.

Shuman added it has been eight years since the last time Mel’s Diamond House was broken into. At that time the thieves broke a front window and pulled items out through it.

“It was different this time and nothing was taken,” he said.

In June 2006, three Detroit men were accused of breaking into the former Mel’s Diamond House store in Marietta’s Lafayette shopping center and leading officials on a high-speed chase into West Virginia.

All three were arrested on felony charges of breaking and entering and grand larceny in Ohio and felony charges of fleeing and eluding in West Virginia.

“These breaking and entries don’t happen often,” said Ford. “We feel we are very well blessed with the Vienna Police Department helping us.”