Jewelry stores in multiple Massachusetts communities have been targeted in a series of burglaries.
Thieves struck in Burlington, Everett and Medford, the Boston Globe reports.
At about 5 a.m. Thursday, burglars hit Gold N’ Oldies Jewelry and Antiques in Everett. Steel grating prevented them from taking anything of real value. They only managed to take a silver ring barely worth $30. A shattered door was repaired the day of the crime.
On Sunday, Dec. 12, thieves entered A Touch of Midas Jewelers in Burlington and Roland’s Jewelry in Medford, according to the Globe.
The Burlington break-in took place at about 3 a.m. and resulted in a broken window.
“They smashed a bunch of our cases, got nothing and left,” said David Milano, owner of A Touch of Midas Jewelers, clarifying that “they didn’t get anything that would croak us.”
The burglary in Medford occurred just before 6 a.m. and reportedly involved “a group of six to nine people,” according to the Globe. After smashing through a door, “they smashed four cases and they took jewelry from two of the cases,” Roland’s Jewelry manager Tom O’Leary told the newspaper.
The thieves took about $12,000 from Roland’s and caused up to $4,000 in damage, O’Leary he said.
“It seems like it’s a sign of the times,” he said. “People get desperate.”
Read more at the Boston Globe.