If you recall, the jeweler’s offices were closed that day with a posting on the door advising of that and there were several packing boxes in the darkened entry. And just before Wilson left, he noticed what appeared to be an unmarked police vehicle with numerous communications antennas on it in the parking lot.
Little did Wilson suspect that the jeweler – rumored to be behind on rent and facing eviction – would move out that very night, according to a source.
“His partner came in to work the next day on Saturday and all of his stuff was gone,” the source says. “And she just said, ‘I’m out.’ She had been getting (strange) calls for him from people of authority.”
“She’s still in the same spot,” the source says of the jeweler’s former office mate. “He moved out that Friday night and got a place a few blocks away. So she paid the landlord a sum to stay awhile until she can find a new place.”
“She thinks there’s foul play. I didn’t ask anymore questions, but I do know it isn’t good.”
So yesterday afternoon late I paid a visit to the rather plush, handsome quarters that had been left behind and the jeweler’s former office mate.
Most striking was a large showroom arrayed with jewelry display cases that lay empty. The two women I spoke with said the other jeweler was not available and took my name and number along with a request for a return call. A call I have yet to receive.
From there I traveled the handful of blocks to a nearby office building in Prairie Village – albeit an older looking and far less impressive one. After parking I wandered its long, aging corridors until I came to the suite listed on the jeweler in question’s website.
There was no signage, just a plain, unassuming wood door with a metal mailbox slot on its lower half. I knocked but the door was locked and there was no answer.
As I started to leave I thought, I wondered if one could see in through the mail slot, so I kneeled, opened it and tool a look.
Inside I saw a very plain, small office loaded to the gills with mostly large, clear, plastic packing boxes that appeared to be filled with paperwork and records. The entire small room was engulfed with these boxes that looked to have been hastily dropped there and left, with no apparent effort to unpack or organize them.
Yet here, the scion of a prestigious, iconic Kansas City jewelry company was now officing.
How far the mighty appear to have fallen.