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Burglars Cut Through Jewelry Store Roof and Wall, Take $400,000 in Merchandise

The crime happened at Certified Jewelry Designs in Longwood, FL.




Two burglars cut through a roof, crawled through an attic and then cut their way through a reinforced wall into a jewelry store from a neighboring business in the Orlando area.

The thieves “cut through the safe, taking a large quantity of merchandise” on Oct. 24, the Jewelers’ Security Alliance reports.

WFTV reports that the crime happened at Certified Jewelry Designs in Longwood, FL. Goods worth about $400,000 were taken.

Police say there are two suspects, yet to be identified.

Albert Pagan, owner of the store, told WESH-TV: “Unfortunately we’re not going to have any merchandise for a while, but we’ll rebuild that and we’ll continue on with jewelry repair and manufacturing.”




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