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Jewelry Store Owner Making A Comeback
A store owner was ready to quit after thieves stole her unique antique jewelry that took years to collect. But that was last year.
For Nancy Ventker, finding one of a kind jewelry takes time and knowledge. It took thirty years to collect jewelry stolen from her last summer at an antique mall. The loss was so large Nancy did not think she could ever come back.
Monday, her new store opens to the public. Local 12's Deborah Dixon tells us about the comeback and the special thoughts she has for the robbers who were never caught.
Nancy Ventker, Echo's Past Antiques:
"Renaissance revival, gilded metal, sapphires, sea pearls."
Sapphires, jade, diamonds, cameos carved on shells... each piece of antique jewelry has a story.
"Caesar collected cameos, so did napoleon, have always been fine works of art."
Nancy finds one of a kind antiques at auctions and estate sales.
"Most people who like antiques, love history, don't want what everyone else has."
Three thieves wanted what she had last summer. You can see them in surveillance video. The man in the red shirt, the woman with long hair and the guy in the sunglasses popped open a case at her antique mall and ripped off thirty thousand dollars worth of rings.
"I couldn't go to a catalog, order a dozen of this or half a dozen of that, can't afford insurance, because it isn't that cut and dry."
Jane Benson, Customer:
"Horrified how hard it is to find quality stuff, it was heartbreaking."
It was so heartbreaking, Nancy didn't think about reopening until her daughter offered to help with the store.
Echos Past, now in Finneytown, opens Monday.
"There is a lot more high-end security here, some you can see, some you can't."
"I will protect my turf, maybe stupid, not looking over shoulder, not at all."
And the thieves?
"Terrorists, not capable of study or hard work, want to take."
What they took cannot be replaced. But what Nancy has now is a new home for
new treasures...just ask for the story behind them.