Local jeweler shot in home robbery


A well-known local jeweler, Gary Thrapp, was shot during a home robbery at his residence in the 3500 block of Bay Road North Drive just after midnight Sunday.

Investigators say two suspects came through the back door of the home, and one of the them shot Thrapp twice in the stomach.

Thrapp was taken to St. Vincent Hospital, where he underwent surgery Sunday morning. He is listed as a no-information patient at St. Vincent, but police say he was in serious but stable condition when he was taken to the hospital. 

His condition was updated on the G. Thrapp Facebook page: "Gary is in good spirits and good humor"  A request from the family was also posted that in lieu of sending flowers to the hospital, a donation be made to the Simon Youth Foundation.  

What the two suspects were after, or what they took from the home, are details police have not released. Regardless of the details, his friends and customers are most concerned about him and his well-being.

Thrapp owns G. Thrapp Jewelers in the 5600 block of Illinois Street, where contractors are in the middle of remodeling the store.    

"Gary has been a big part of this neighborhood for a long time," said Kim Baxter. "He has been a great donor to the neighborhood causes. The parties he has here attracts people from all over the city."

It is not uncommon for Thrapp to open his store and the sidewalk in front for Girl Scout lemonade stands. 

Trapp's relationship with his customers transcends typical retail relationships. His customers consider him a friend. "Gary and I have been friends for a long time," said Charlie Mong. "I bought my wedding ring here. He set my engagement ring here. My whole family does their jewelry business here."

Thrapp's neighbors told Eyewitness News the recently installed video surveillance cameras along the main streets are in response to a recent break-in.

Police have not said if the suspects passed in front of the cameras, nor have they identified any suspects.

IMPD is asking anyone with any information on the shooting to contact Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.