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Police in two states looking for jewel thieves

April 05, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Thieves described by Martinsburg (W.Va.) City Police Sgt. Brian Yost as "obviously professionals" took jewelry from two businesses in Tri-State area malls Sunday, he said.

The unknown thieves took jewelry from Whitehall Jewelers in Martinsburg Mall and Reeds Jewelers in Valley Mall near Hagerstown, Yost said Sunday.

The two thefts are believed to be related, Yost and Washington County Sheriff's Cpl. Daniel Faith said Sunday.

The crimes also are believed to be related to a reported attempted robbery in a mall in Chambersburg, Pa., on Sunday. More information on that crime was not immediately available, Faith said.

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Sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, unknown persons stole an undisclosed amount of jewelry from Reeds Jewelers, Faith said in a news release.

"The persons responsible entered a display cabinet and stole several rings while the store was open for normal business," police said.

Police are asking that anyone who saw anything unusual or suspicious in front of the store Sunday call the sheriff's office at 301-791-3020.

Faith said he was releasing no additional details of the ongoing investigation.

The theft at Whitehall Jewelers occurred around noon Sunday, Yost said.

There were three men and one woman believed to be involved in the theft, he said. Two of the men caused a distraction while a man and woman stole at least three rings, Yost said.

"They are obviously professionals at what they are doing," he said.

The thieves are taking advantage of holes in security, Yost said.

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