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About nil. Still, that didn’t stop a window-smashing thief from snatching three pairs of cufflinks during a low-dough burglary at bremer jewelry, 4707 N. University st.

You don’t have to be part of the “ocean’s 11” crew to realize that a jewelry store just might be protected by a slew of cameras and alarms. Yet the intruder brazenly smashed through a large window — by hammer and body — to target a charity donation box stuffed with $200 in crumpled bills and loose change.

“he had to have been in here before, to know about the donation box,” says an irritated ronda daily, the store’s owner. “he didn’t target the cufflinks.”

That’s good news for cufflinks aficionados, who can breathe a sigh of relief that no cutthroat cufflinks crook is preying on peoria.Boys girls

I wouldn’t know, because I’m not among cufflink cognoscenti. For me, high fashion means somehow managing to wear socks that are vaguely the same color. I’ve always thought that if you’re wearing cufflinks, you’re either getting married or james bond.

But bremer sells about 120 pair a year, often to businessmen in suits who want a little sparkle on their wrist, daily says. Same thing with gents who go casual with jeans and a french-cuff white shirt.

But bremer also sells the costume-jewelry equivalent of cufflinks, at $60 a pair. These are novelties, showcasing sports teams like the st. Louis cardinals and new england patriots. The colorful baubles are made of enamel sterling silver — and probably worthless to sell or pawn, daily says.Daily says

Bremer rarely has been hit by burglaries, she says. Further, amid 27 years of stories in the journal star database, there has been but one cufflink-related crime: in a burglary netting multiple items, a $300 pair of cufflinks was purloined from a peoria home. Otherwise, it seems, peoria is a pretty safe place for cufflinks.

About 11 p.M., with the store locked up, a hammer-toting interloper approached the rear door, made mostly of glass. Daily, who reviewed video footage of that night, said the camera did did not allow a good glimpse of the face of the hoodie-clad burglar. But, by body size and shape, the thief appeared to be male, daily said.

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The burglar raised up the hammer and bashed the window, which cracked in a spider-web pattern. To finish the job, the intruder didn’t bother with the hammer.

The burglar bee-lined about 20 feet to a customer-service counter. There, bremer kept a clear-plastic, shoebox-size donation container, which rotates monthly among charities. This month was for boys & girls clubs of greater peoria.

The thief snagged the box, which held about $200, and turned around to head back to the shattered door. He stopped in front of a display case.

Though bremer locks up pricy jewelry every night, some of the less expensive items are left in display cases: the risk of damaging them isn’t worth removing them from the cases.Daily says one case held four $60 sets of cufflinks.

The hammer cast aside somewhere, the burglar raised a fist and WHAM! — smacked the top window of the case. It didn’t budge, says justin may, bremer’s director of operations.

The burglar then went around the back of the unlocked case and slid it open. He pulled out three pairs, including one that said, “best dad.” may wasn’t sure of the designs of the other two purloined pairs, but he noted that a minnesota vikings pair was left behind.

At that, the intruder dashed out the door. Police arrived moments later, lifting fingerprints from the hammer and elsewhere. Daily doubts there’s enough evidence to track down the burglar.Boys girls clubs however, bremer already has put up a new donation container for the boys & girls clubs, which daily says won’t be hurt by the burglar.

PHIL LUCIANO is a journal star columnist. He can be reached at pluciano@pjstar.Com, facebook.Com/philluciano and (309) 686-3155. Follow him on twitter.Com/lucianophil.