COLONIAL HEIGHTS (WRIC) – Brazen thieves steal expensive items from two jewelry stores in Colonial Heights, and one of the crimes is caught on camera.
One of the crimes happened inside Southpark Mall and the other at a nearby jewelry store - all within 20 minutes Monday evening. Police hope the surveillance video will help catch the crooks.
As the store clerk shows one of two men four pairs of earrings, he then snatches them from the woman's hands and both men run out of the store.
The crime happened at Helzberg Diamonds on Southpark Boulevard in Colonial Heights.
Police say the earrings stolen are valued at $4,000.
The other incident happened at New York Jewelers inside the nearby South Park Mall.
"They asked to see a very expensive necklace, once the clerk handed them the necklace, one of the suspects put on the necklace, they then turn and fled on foot through the mall and exited at an unknown location," says Sgt. Rob Ruxer.
Police say the man wearing a skull cap is responsible for the strong arm robbery at Helzberg Diamonds and investigators believe a person wearing a hood over his head ran off with the $10,000 necklace from New York Jewelers.
"Both of these happened very quickly, blank of an eye," Ruxer says. "Before the cashiers or clerk had any time to react to what was going on, they took the items, ran, and left the scene as soon as possible."
There was another strong robbery at a jewelry store Monday night on Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield County. Police say the motive and suspect descriptions are very similar.
Anyone with information on any of these crimes should call crime solvers at 748-0660.
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