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[Alert] Robbery in Dennis, MA


#1

I heard on the news today (6/11/04) that a store in Dennis, MA
called Eden Hand Art was robbed of $800,000 worth of inventory.
Their logo is the shape of an apple with Eden printed inside. The
owners had worked all winter to have the inventory ready for sale
for the tourist season. This jewelry was sold only in their store.
If you ever come across someone trying to sell you any jewelry with
the apple hallmark, beware as this is stolen merchandise. Please
notify the police.

Janice


#2
This jewelry was sold only in their store. If you ever come across
someone trying to sell you any jewelry with the apple hallmark,
beware as this is stolen merchandise. Please notify the police. 

So Eden Hand Art has never sold any jewelry items with the
apple/Eden hallmark before the robbery, and does not plan to use
that logo in the future? That would be the only way you would know
that ‘any’ jewelry with that hallmark is stolen goods… barring
obvous clues like the seller having 2 suitcases full of screwball
bracelets that they’re letting go for less than its worth in metal
because “hey, if fell offa the backuva truck.”

It’s a shame that some sleazeballs knocked off a mom&pop shop,
especially one that’s apparently a regional phenomenon:
http://www.capecodtravelguide.com/cape_cod_bracelet.php - if they
catch the culprits, besides making full restitution, they should be
forced to listen to the Jared Jingle for a few hours or until their
heads explode, whichever comes first.

-pm


#3

Here’s the report that was posted on the Dennis Police website:
http://www.dennispolice.com/. You can see sample photos of the
jewelry at the website.

Burglary - Eden Hand Arts

  Sometime between 8:30p.m. on Thursday June 3, 2004 and
  9:00a.m. Friday June 4, 2004 the Eden Hand Arts located at 2
  Dr. Lord's Rd. in the village of East Dennis was broken into
  and approximately $800,000 of retail jewelry was stolen. 

  The owners of Eden Hand Arts, hand make jewelry including the
  bracelets commonly referred to as the "Cape Cod Screwball" or
  "Dennis" Bracelet.  These bracelets have over the last 30 years
  become an icon to residents and visitors from throughout the
  United States.   During this time Eden Hand Arts has expanded
  their product line to include earrings, rings and necklaces,
  all fashioned around the Cape Cod Screwball design. 

  At this time evidence indicates that at least two individuals
  were involved in the break with entry being gained by forcing
  open a side window in the store.  The store was not alarmed. 

  The stolen items include over 5,000 pieces of jewelry of
  various sizes and designs.  Items taken include both all
  sterling silver, sterling silver with a gold ball or gold with
  a gold ball bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces and
  neckwires. 

  Additional designs for the jewelry include a Fish bracelet and
  ring, a Fisherman's Knot bracelet, a Heart bracelet and a
  Shepard's hook bracelet. 

  Most of the stolen jewelry contains the manufacture mark of 
  "eden" stamped somewhere on the item. 

  Anyone with is asked to call the Dennis Police
  Department at 508-394-1315. 

Christine in Littleton, Massachusetts
No one deserves lung cancer.


#4

Truth is that jewelry is prolly a slug of metal and a handfulla
stones by now! Thieves are the lowest form of life and should be made
to serve the people they robbed till the debt is repaid! Perhaps with
that philosophy our world would become understanding and less likely
to have repeat offenders as they would have to know their victims
through labor! No thief in it’s right mind would keep things in
original form to be caught with. I’ve been ripped off and know the
loss

Ringman John `

Nobody deserves liver cancer, specially from a work related
incident… only to be turned down with no hope!


#5

This is really sad news. John Carey (who designed the bracelet, and
whose family makes the jewelry) was my technical drawing teacher in
High School (Saint Marks, in Southborough Ma.) and he and his wife
are the nicest people on earth, patient, kind and understanding.
Hanging is too good for these thieves.

Nick, who still uses the drawing skills gained in John’s classes.
@Felice_Luftschein_an is Felice Luftschein and Nicholas Carter.
http://www.cartertools.com/nfhome.html


#6

It’s reassuring to find out that the community is being informed
about our recent run-in with jewelry thieves. Thank you to all who
care.

I would like to respond to this question: "So Eden Hand Art has
never sold any jewelry items with the apple/Eden hallmark before
the robbery, and does not plan to use that logo in the future? That
would be the only way you would know that 'any' jewelry with that
hallmark is stolen goods... barring obvous clues like the seller
having 2 suitcases full of screwball bracelets that they're letting
go for less than its worth in metal because "hey, if fell offa the
backuva truck." 

We have never, nor do we intend to wholesale to other jewelers. If a
wholesaler offers you screwball or cape cod bracelets, they are
probably manufactured from “borrowed” designs never authorized by us.
There are jewelers in our neck of the woods who have copied our whole
line of designs. If we come out with something new they have it in a
few months. The industry is rife with design-borrowing and it is next
to impossible to do anything substantive about it. We have never made
a cent from any of these borrowers. I personally feel sorry for them.
However, if someone offers you a quantity of jewelry with the Eden
hallmark in it you can be fairly certain it is hot. Please report it
to the Dennis police at 508-394-1315 and let them sort it out.

My wife (John and Eve Carey’s daughter), the current owner of Eden
Hand Arts, has drafted the following which she would like to share
with the wider community. Thanks again,

Edward

forwarded letter from Rachel Carey-Harper

  Dear Special Friends. 

  Regarding the burglary at Eden Hand Arts I need to communicate
  with you directly how much our family truly appreciate your
  care and concern. 

  While not a pleasant experience,  everything is fine for us.
  Its like someone leaving a pie to cool on the window sill and
  its stolen.  We have the recipe and the equipment, all we
  needed was a few ingredients; so a few nights we go without
  dessert.  Of course this attitude was easier when I thought the
  insurance was going to cover it.  But I see this as my own
  stupidity and simply a very expensive education. 

  One major concern for us is the shortage that will occur for
  Eden=92s charitable work. Many of you have offered us help. In
  this regard if you are so inclined please consider a donation
  of any amount (even $10.00)  to the American Friends Service
  Committee or the Mashpee Wampanoag Housing Project. Other
  places could include Wampanoag Language Reclamation Project or
  the Kollel of Cape Cod. (For complete list and contact info.
  visit http://www.vst.cape.com/~rch/charity.html.) 

  Its obvious to me that the very least important thing is money
  in terms of amassing wealth especially compared to the
  beautiful world we are destroying.  Money madness grips our
  society. If we gave 1% of the attention we give to our bank
  accounts to making the world a better place imagine what could
  be created. 

  Sometimes its really useful to get back to basics; like
  tending a fruit tree or vine.  For me the fundamental root of
  life is love. I mean by this that bond/connection to
  something/someone beyond myself, a feeling of safety, nurture
  and guidance, of completeness,  of being emotionally whole.
  This robbery experience has strengthened these bonds between
  me and that which is beyond myself, between family, friends and
  staff and actually given the opportunity to make this
  connection with strangers. 

  So at least on our behalf, lighten your heart and smile. Take
  a walk on this beautiful land, appreciate all the blessings
  around us.  Lets hold the thieves in the Light so they might
  gain understanding.  We all have choices. Lets choose courage,
  commitment to our highest goals and loving-kindness. After all,
  in the end that=92s all that matters. 

  with much gratitude and appreciation, 

  Rachel Carey-Harper 

  P.S. If anyone in your particular circle of friends expresses
  concern for Eden please feel free to share this letter.

#7

I don’t know if its related business, or the thieves, but several
different vendors are selling the same bracelet, earrings, on Ebay.

From $10 to $59...sounds like a thief or a knock-off. 

ebay links removed. search ebay for ‘CapeCod Bracelet’

Love and God Bless
-randy


#8

Randy, There is a shocking amount of those bracelets there. I hope
the family is alerted to that, and the police too.

Thanks for the alert.
Terrie


#9

Continue from:
https://orchid.ganoksin.com/t/orchidalert-robbery-in-dennis-ma

Last June Eden Hand Arts was hit by a night-time burglary; over the
next few months the thieves hit a number of other shops here on the
Cape. We had pretty much given up hope of ever seeing any of the
stolen items again, figuring any rational thief would have melted it
down before day-break. There was some talk about it, here, on the
Ganoksin list; I found the sympathetic responses comforting. I am
happy to report that the case has been solved, the ring-leader is
being held on $250,000 bail, and about 30 pounds of our jewelry was
recovered along with several million dollars worth of diamond rings,
Rolexes, paintings, etc. belonging to others. This particular thief
has had overturned, at the supreme court level, two previous arrests
due to technicalities. We are all hoping this time he will be taken
off the streets for a while to reconsider his chosen livelihood.

Edward