“They robbed me blind,” said Jim Keller, owner of 23rd St. Tanning at 1334 W. 23rd St.

Thieves smashed a large hole in a concrete wall of a business on 23rd Street and stole around $50,000 worth of merchandise.

The theft apparently happened sometime between 11 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday.

“They robbed me blind,” said Jim Keller, owner of 23rd St. Tanning at 1334 W. 23rd St.

Keller had a large amounts of women’s jewelry in display cases. They took it all. Retail value of the jewelry totaled more than $46,000.

They also took musical equipment like a purple Marshall guitar cabinet, amps, compact disc players, speakers, and two cellos.

The musical equipment totaled around $5,000.

The burglars also took $40 in cash from the register.

They also apparently tried to take a tanning bed, which was why they smashed through the concrete wall, Keller said.

Wires from the bed were ripped from the wall. The bed was moved about 6 inches from its original position, he said.

Keller said the bed is very heavy, apparently too heavy for the thieves to load.

“They took a sledgehammer and broke through the concrete wall,” Keller said. Also, the dead bolt on the back door was stripped.

There’s no way the suspects could fit all the merchandise in a car, so they probably had a van or truck, he said.

The hole in the wall has been repaired, saving the interior from further damage by weather.

Keller’s business was victimized in January, when the front door was broken into. Video games were taken and the cash register was damaged, he said.

Independence Police took a criminal report Tuesday morning, verifying what Keller told The Examiner about the recent burglary.

If anyone has information regarding the crime, contact Independence police at 816-325-7300.