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Merchandise stolen in heist returned to jeweler
Officials suspect burglary may be linked to other people
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Authorities have returned some of the jewelry taken this fall during a $2.5 million heist at a Buford Highway business.

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office on Thursday morning presented Milano Fine Jewelry with about $300,000 worth of merchandise recovered during the investigation.

Ibrahim Ehican, whose family owns the store, said they were grateful to have the jewelry back.

"Every little bit helps right now, especially before Christmas time," he said. "We're really thankful."

Sheriff Ted Paxton said investigators think the theft involved more than the six suspects who currently face charges.

He said authorities also suspect the burglary is linked to others in the metro Atlanta area and neighboring states.

"It's a loose-knit group of people that associate with each other who collectively have joined together to commit these burglaries," said Paxton, adding that investigators have shared information with agencies in other jurisdictions.

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