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Thieves Hot-Wire Security Gate, Pick Door Locks to Bag $500K in Jewels

Surveillance footage indicates a well-planned heist.

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Two men stole $500,000 in merchandise from the Barsky Diamonds jewelry store in Philadelphia after they hot-wired a security gate and then picked the door locks to gain entry to the shop, CBS Philly reports. According to the video report below, the surveillance footage indicates it was a well planned heist, as the thieves went directly for specific items. Local police haven’t ruled out the possibility that this was an inside job.

The report adds that the store fell victim to a similar crime in 2014 when burglars cut through the security gate, prompting owner Nathan Barsky to upgrade to the heavy-duty one you see in the video. He attributes the thefts to a lack of police patrol in the area and believes that a political solution must be achieved. “Customers don’t feel safe, and it’s a spiral. … We have the finest police, I think, anywhere, but their hands are tied. You need people in the politics of the city to spend money where it needs to be spent,” he told the news station.

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