Thieves Break Into Furniture Store, Steal Thousands in Merchandise


Brian’s Furniture Store

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CLEVELAND -- Thieves pull off a major heist at a local furniture store, making off with tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise.

Westlake police say the theft happened sometime between 5 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. Monday at Brian's Furniture on Center Ridge Road.

"They must've climbed over the fence and jumped down and then came in...they broke the window and then came in and opened up the doors," said owner Renee Grace.

"They found a leather sofa, a leather chair, actually there are a couple of chairs that are missing, I found a black leather, a red leather that are missing...a big round leather Ottoman, dining table set...two big TVs one's a 70 inch flat screen and a 47 inch," Grace said.

An employee of the store discovered the break-in around 11 a.m.

Westlake police say the thieves cut the phone wires after they got in and took off with a company box truck already filled with $20,000 worth of custom made cabinets.

"They evidently hotwired the truck somehow, backed it up to the dock and loaded it up with furniture, and it seems they hand selected the furniture too," said owner Brian Grace.

The truck was found Monday afternoon parked on East 55th Street near Fleet Avenue in Cleveland.

The keys were still in it, but the back of it was empty.

"I noticed the truck out here at 8:00 when my kids catch the school bus, so I figured that they were just unloading the van because the house was here...I thought somebody ordered furniture, so then I sat here all day, I said well, it's 2:30, I said the truck's still here," said neighbor Kala Wolschleger.

Brian Grace says he's not angry at the thieves, but he is disappointed.

He's been selling custom furniture for 25 years, started out at his father's Westside Flea Market.

"I sold plants in the parking lot to raise money to go into business, I started out with no money, I earned what I have, I made it myself," he said.

Westlake police say the suspects destroyed the store's security equipment, and no surveillance video is available.

Anyone with information can call the Westlake Police Department at 337-433-4151.

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