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October 23, 2013

City businessman riled up after another break-in

SHARON — A downtown Sharon businessman who said he’s disgusted with another break-in at his business wants those doing the damage to be held accountable, and if that doesn’t begin to happen, he said, “there’s a point where the Constitution allows me to go in a different direction.”

Paul Giglio, 56, has owned Sharon Gold and Coin Exchange, 141 E. State St., for about three years. Monday night’s robbery was just two days shy of the date he was robbed in 2011.

Thieves kicked in a back door to the business and punched out part of the drywall to get into the store, where they stole about $400 worth of wheat pennies and buffalo nickels, both collectible, along with $100 in rolled-up pennies and two vintage toy trucks, worth about $150, Giglio said.

In October 2011 when he was robbed, he offered a reward between $3,000 and $6,000 if anyone could provide information that led to an arrest, but nothing ever came of it.

“They offer a $1,000 reward when someone robs a bank. But this, no one knows anything, no one sees anything,” he said.

Sharon Police Chief Mike Menster confirmed Giglio’s account of the break-in that happened between 6:30 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m Tuesday, but he had no idea what was stolen. Police are waiting on an itemized list from Giglio, Menster said.

“It’s someone who’s a lot more clever than me. You know, the city spends millions of dollars to make sure the front is all lit up and looks beautiful and then they just come in the back,” Giglio said.

While he has insurance, he said he isn’t certain insurance will cover everything that was stolen or damaged.

“I’m just sick of the cowards. Man up. There’s no justice for this, no accountability. I feel helpless here and I’m getting the dirty end of the stick,” he said.

Menster said it’s not uncommon for businesses to be robbed, but it’s becoming less so because of an increase in alarm systems.

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