Local Store Helps Customers of Arrested Jeweler

A jewelry store owner in Green Bay, Wis., is helping 75
customers get their jewelry back after they were allegedly defrauded by an
Ashwaubenon, Wis., jewelry store owner.

Jim Storzer, owner of Vosner Jewelers in Green Bay, Wis.,
tells JCK he has sorted through 150 pieces of jewelry worth $100,000 that were
left at the Diamond Factory when it closed July 7 and has begun redistributing
them to customers.

Tyler Kosmoski, owner of the Diamond Factory, was arrested
on July 13 and charged with two felonies for theft involving false
representation of property and theft of movable property less than $10,000.

According to the Ashwaubenon Department of Public Safety,
customers complained that their jewelry was not returned after they took it to the Diamond
Factory for repairs. In addition, customers who sold items to the store were
paid with bad checks, and customers complained that they put money down on jewelry
to be purchased and have not yet received the product.

An Ashwaubenon police detective and a former employee of the
Diamond Factory helped Storzer get the pieces to Vosner Jewelers so the jewelry
could be returned to its owners.

“It was a big mess, going through some of the stuff,”
Storzer says. “A lot of the stuff didn’t have names on it but we contacted a
lot of the owners and they have left very happy.”

Storzer received the jewelry July 13 and began contacting
customers July 15. He says they have helped return merchandise to nearly half
the customers who were affected by the Diamond Factory’s closing.

In addition, Vosner Jewelers has offered to finish repair
work for customer’s pieces that were not finished.

“Knowing that we were honest enough to let them know we had
their stuff, they automatically trusted us and asked us to help finish the
repairs,” he says.

The store has pulled in roughly $10,000 in sales by gaining
new customers and custom work.

“Even if it doesn’t benefit us in the future, it’s really
good to help people out,” he says.

Helping people
get important, meaningful pieces of jewelry back has meant a lot to Storzer. He
says a woman from Florida had a particularly memorable story. “She was getting some prong
work done on her wedding band and she was getting married on Saturday,” he
says.

The woman who
lives in Florida arranged to get married in Wisconsin to be closer to her
family. “She didn’t really have a jeweler here, so she picked a random place
and bought her stuff.”

Her ring was
among the unreturned from the Diamond Factory, Storzer says.

“We did what
we could with the limited time and repaired her pieces for her,” he says. “We
turned it around in less than 24 hours so she could get married and her
reaction was unbelievable. She was so happy.”