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Burglars ransack Kay Jewelers
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Thieves reportedly stole an undetermined amount of merchandise from Kay Jewelers Friday.

A report from the Covington Police Department said officers responded around 9 a.m. to a burglary that already occurred at Kay Jewelers, U.S. Highway 278, in Covington.

Employees, who had not opened the store, reportedly looked through the windows of the store and noticed it had been ransacked. Officers at the scene cleared the store and found that the store had been tampered with.

"Drawers and cabinets had been broken into and there was a faint smell of smoke. It was apparent that entry was made through the rear of the store. The rear door was left open and on the back side, there was a restroom that had a hole cut into it from the adjacent vacant building," the report said.

According to the report, when the officer looked on the outside of the backside of the store, he noticed the neighboring door had been cut open and then from that building, the sheet rock had been cut through into the Kay’s building.

The report said all surveillance equipment had been damaged and destroyed; and all the wires were cut to the phones and computers.

The safe was not broken into, but had significant damage to the side where more attempts were tried, the report said.

CPD Capt. Ken Malcom said the dollar amount of the merchandise stolen is still been determined.

"There was so much taken, we don’t have a precise number of what the total loss is," Malcom said.