A wooden jewelry seller from South Jersey called Cedar Rapids Jewelry Box is a favorite destination for Cedar Rapids residents who are looking for vintage, vintage jewelry and a unique twist on their favorite item.
The Cedar Rapids jewelers owner, who did not want his last name used, says he has seen his business rise and fall in the last year.
“I’ve seen a lot of sales go down a little bit over the years,” he said.
“But this is the first time we’ve seen sales go up.”
On Oct. 23, a group of about five young men approached the Cedar Rapids store at 801 Cedar St. in Cedar Park, Iowa.
One of the men tried to rob the jewelry shop but was stopped by employees and the store security guards.
One of the attackers, identified as 19-year-old John Paul, then ran into a nearby jewelry store and tried to buy some jewelry from the store.
He then left, saying he needed to go to the airport and that he was going to meet someone.
But the jewelry store’s security guards caught up with him.
“The guard called for backup,” said Matt Cavanaugh, a Cedar Rapids resident who was at the jewelry sale the day of the robbery.
Cavanaugh said he went outside to talk to the guards about the situation and was told, “We have to be here.”
The security guard asked him if he had a gun, which he did not have, and told him to get back in.
That’s when the jewelry sales were stopped.
Cyrus Cavanaugh said the jewelry dealer and his family are going through a divorce, but he’s still looking for a new job.
“It was really sad because I thought we were going to be doing some nice things here, like a new apartment, a new car,” he added.
“They robbed us and stole our money, and they robbed us of everything.
We have a good life here.”
Cavanaugh says he was a jewelry sales assistant in Cedar Falls before he moved to Cedar Rapids and he says it’s a safe neighborhood for people to shop.
He said it’s unfortunate that he had to close his store after all of this happened.
“We didn’t have anything to sell, so we had to put it out of business,” he explained.
“It was a really hard time for us and for the staff.”