Shelburne Country Store owners Stephen and Deb Mayfield opened the door to their business the morning of July 26 and immediately saw something amiss.
“We opened the store and we saw the jewelry case open and glass on the floor,” Stephen said.
For the first time in the 20 years the Mayfields have owned the shop, someone had broken into the iconic country store in the heart of Shelburne Village, stealing roughly $10,000 worth of jewelry.
But that burglary was the first of four that night along Route 7 south into Addison County.
According to a Vermont State Police press releases, break-ins also occurred at Dakin Farm and Auto Creek A.C. Sports in Ferrisburgh, and at Cyclewise in New Haven. Two cash boxes were stolen. The investigation is ongoing.
Mayfield described the break-in at the Shelburne Country Store as a “smash and grab.” The perpetrator pried open and broke the lock and the side door of the building to gain entry, then made a beeline for the jewelry cases. Three of the six cases were broken into and a large amount of jewelry was taken.
But Mayfield also said the suspect or suspects knew what they came for.
“It was someone who had been here before,” he said. “They knew right where they were going to.”
Mayfield said Vermont State Police told him the scenarios were similar in all four burglaries, a door and lock broken to gain entry.
“I think we were the start of it,” he said, “and they just went south on Route 7 from here.”
A call to Vermont State Police for additional information was not returned by press time.
The Mayfields have since replaced the side door and installed new locks at the store.
“There’s not much else you can do,” Stephen Mayfield said, reiterating that they’ve never had a break-in before.
“We’ve owned the store for two decades and never had anything like this, other than a kid stealing a gumball,” he said.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about the break-in at the Shelburne Country Store should call Officer Jeremy Fisher at the Shelburne Police Department. Anyone with information about the other break-ins should contact Vermont State Police Trooper Josh Gurwicz at the New Haven barracks, 802-388-4919. Anonymous tips can also be submitted at www.vtips.info.
Stephen Mayfield said the break-in was a surprise.
“It’s Vermont,” he said. “You don’t expect it, especially in Shelburne. This is a great community.”