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Highland Park woman says $162K in jewelry stolen during open house

Updated: December 10, 2012 6:21AM

CHICAGO — A Highland Park woman is suing a real estate firm, claiming it is responsible for more than $162,000 worth of jewelry stolen from her home during an April open house.

Lena Katamanin filed the suit Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court against Winnetka-based Midwest Realty Ventures — which does business under the name Prudential Rubloff — and one of its agents.

Katamanin claims the brokerage had “sole control” over her home in the 900 block of Sheridan Road in Highland Park during the April 22 open house, and that more than $162,000 worth of jewelry was missing afterward.

The professional malpractice suit blames the agent and Midwest Realty Ventures for “careless and negligent acts” which led to the theft. The suit seeks an unspecified amount in damages.

A report was filed with Highland Park police April 23, police said. According to the report, the jewelry was taken from a closet between 1 and 4:30 p.m. on April 22, during an open house.

Police on Thursday said the investigation was still ongoing.

Midwest Realty Ventures could not be reached for comment.

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