Customer says lawyer working to return jewelry after store owner’s murder

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Cedar Park couple got their engagement ring back from Gallerie Jewelers on Monday, weeks after the son of the store’s owner was arrested in connection with his father’s murder.

Anthony Zanin said he dropped his fiancée’s ring off in May to get a diamond replaced after the store reopened following the death of owner Theodore “Ted” Shaughnessy.

Zanin said lawyers representing Gallerie Jewelers contacted him on Friday.

“They are in the process over the next few weeks of contacting customers who have left jewelry at the store and are preparing to return the jewelry to their perspective owners,” Zanin said.

Although the store’s door is locked and still has a sign outside that says “We Are Temporarily Closed,” several people were seen going in and out of the shop Monday afternoon. Zanin said someone from the lawyer’s office assisted him when he went to pick up his ring later that day.

Although Zanin wasn’t able to get his ring back in time for an engagement photoshoot earlier this month, he’s happy he has it in time for their fall wedding.

On Monday, KXAN spoke with a worker inside the shop who said they were helping customers and were “not interested” in speaking with us.

Shaughnessy, 55, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in his southwest Travis County home on March 2. Ted’s son, Nicolas Patrick Shaughnessy, 19, as well as Nicolas’ wife, Jaclyn Alexa Edison, 19, have been charged with hiring someone to kill the older Shaughnessy. 

Following Ted’s death, the local jewelry store announced Nicolas would be taking over, but after his arrest on May 29, Zanin and other customers were left wondering how the would get their property back.

Edison bonded out of jail earlier this month after getting her bond reduced from $1 million to $250,000. Nicolas Shaughnessy was still in jail Monday afternoon on $3 million bond.

On Monday, the Travis County District Attorney’s Office said the investigation is still ongoing and they “continue to follow every lead.”

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