Watch: Smash-and-Grab Thieves Steal $100,000 of Jewelry

Raids of jewelry shops across U.S. appear to be increasing in frequency

Image Credits: Screenshot / Hillsborough County Sheriff.

Thieves smashed up a Florida jewelry store and made off with around $100,000 of merchandise this week, according to reports.

The disturbing incident unfolded at around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Tampa.

Three suspects wearing masks stormed the Diamond Galleria at the Citrus Park Town Center and used hammers to destroy display cases holding high-priced watches and other jewelry.

“They entered and left through an employee entrance, fleeing in a ’20-’22 silver Nissan Murano,” the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) explained in a statement.

Surveillance footage was shared by HCSO on social media.

“These suspects are seen on camera and video, so it’s only a matter of time before they are caught for the crimes they committed today,” asserted Sheriff Chad Chronister.

“Thankfully, nobody was injured at the mall. I’m asking anyone who may have seen or heard something that could assist detectives with their investigation to please call us so we can look into it further.”

Anyone with helpful information is asked to contact HCSO at 813-247-8200 or Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).

Raids of jewelry shops across the U.S. appear to be increasing in frequency amid a surge of crime in many metropolitan regions.

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