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Burglaries reported at Kay Jewelers and Dirty Dogs Cafe

COVINGTON — Police continue to search for the burglars who broke into Kay Jewelers on U.S. Highway 278 sometime last week.

Employees with the jewelry store located in Newton Plaza contacted the Covington Police Department at 9 a.m. Friday to report that when they came to open up for the day, they noticed the store looked like it had been ransacked.

Officers arrived and looked through the store. They noticed that it appeared the burglars had entered Kay Jewelers by first breaking into the back door of the adjacent vacant building and then cutting through the drywall in the bathroom, according to the incident report.

“Drawers and cabinets had been broken into and there was a faint smell of smoke,” reported CPD Officer Matt Cooper.

Officers also discovered that all the store’s surveillance equipment had been damaged or destroyed, and all the wires to the phones and computers had been cut, the report states.

“The safe was not broken into, but had significant damage to the side where attempts were tried,” Cooper stated.

The store is working to determine an exact inventory and value of what is missing, according to the report.

In other news, a former employee of Dirty Dogs Cafe in Covington has been arrested for allegedly burglarizing the restaurant early Sunday morning.

Just after midnight, CPD Officer Demetri Myers responded to a burglary alarm at Dirty Dogs Cafe located on Reynolds Street. The officer noticed that the back door was “damaged beyond repair,” the incident report states.

When the restaurant owners arrived, officers entered the building to see if anything was missing.

“The owners immediately asked if we could see the cash drawer which they had placed in a certain area for the next work day’s shift,” Myers reported.

Officers could not locate the cash drawer and the owners also said an iPad and iPod Touch that were in the drawer were also missing, the report states.

The owners told officers they suspected the burglar was a former employee, Demetre West, who had been fired on Friday because of monetary discrepancies.

“They further stated that earlier on Saturday Mr. West had come to the business demanding that he be paid his last paycheck,” Myers stated. “The owners refused to pay him at this time because of the missing monies and stated that Mr. West did not take kindly to their response.”

The owners said that West was one of the few employees who knew where the cash drawer would have been stored on that day, according to the report.

After further investigation, 19-year-old West of 3133 Rebecca St. was arrested and charged with burglary.