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In Memoriam: Theodore Shaughnessy, Gallerie Jewelers, Killed in Home Invasion March 07, 2018 (3 comments)


Austin, TX—Theodore “Ted” Shaughnessy (left), 55, longtime owner of Gallerie Jewelers and a beloved fixture in the store’s neighborhood, was found shot to death in his home on March 2. 

Police in Travis County, TX, responded to a 911 call from a woman in the house at 4:45 a.m., and upon arrival at the scene found Shaughnessy dead. They also found evidence of entry into the home and that the intruder may have been injured during the crime. At press time there were no leads to the perpetrator and no clues about whether or not Shaughnessy was targeted for being a jeweler or whether he knew his killer.

Although home invasions are relatively rare compared to other types of jewelry crime, they are a very real threat to jewelers. Click here for the Jewelers Security Alliance checklist of recommended precautions to try to prevent—or survive—a home invasion. Jewelers should review frequently and be sure all family members also follow the recommendations.

Gallerie Jewelers has been a member of the American Gem Society since 1999. Shaughnessy held the title of Registered Jeweler; his wife, Corey is a Certified Gemologist Appraiser.

A Facebook statement from Katherine Bodoh. CEO of AGS, said, “All of us at the American Gem Society are saddened and shocked by the tragic death of Theodore Shaughnessy, RJ on Friday. Ted and his wife are the owners of Gallerie Jewelers in Austin, Texas. It is times like these where words are not enough. Our hearts, prayers and deepest condolences are with his family.”

Longtime customers expressed shock and grief on social media and local news, remembering Shaughnessy for many good deeds and cheerful conversations. Many would stop into Gallerie Jewelers just to chat or, often, to pet the store’s three canine staff members, Brina, Bart, and Liesl.

Brina, one of Shaughnessy's beloved champion Rottweilers, greets a customer in the store. 

A notice on Gallerie Jewelers’ Facebook page says the store will be closed until further notice.

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Comments (3):

As a fellow jeweler in Arkansas, I am without words to describe this tragedy.  I am so sorry.  Bless you and yours as you begin to heal.

By Adrianne Kahn on Mar 10th, 2018 at 4:47am

We are devastated by the loss of a wonderful human being.  My first reaction was tears and then anger.  If there is anything you need, please don’t hesitate to call. I returned from a trip and I heard about this terrible tragedy.  Yesterday I wore a piece of jewelry my husband bought me to honor his memory. As a hospice nurse I know there is no way to get over this tragedy,  Our only hope is that there will be a time in the future when you can get through this horrible thing and will be able to take a deep breath.

By Catherine Mc Coy and Jim Haws on Apr 5th, 2018 at 6:28pm

I can’t begin to say the loss i feel.  When my wife became ill, i remember Ted walking out with us and sitting on a bench inside the garage to talk to her while i got the car.  my wife Sue passed away, we spent hours talking.  When i went to pick a ring i had bought for Sue for her birthday, she just passed away, i said i guess i will pick it up, not sure what to do with it and Ted gave t to me to give to Sue and my daughter.

He has, had a huge heart, i will miss him forever.

By Laird Snowden on Sep 26th, 2018 at 3:15am

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