Thieves Use ‘Smash And Grab’ Technique To Rob Jewelry Store

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It was only 30 seconds, but during that time, two masked thieves made off with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.

For the second time, Overman Designs jewelry store is the victim of what police call a “smash and grab.”

In the early hours of July 14, two suspects used a crow bar to pry open the store’s back door, at 207 E. Highway 260, run in and smash at least two glass display cases.

The thieves knew what they were looking for and went first for a case that normally holds the most expensive items. That case was empty, however, with everything locked up in a safe. The thieves went for a second case, which still had jewelry in it, grabbed what they could and fled.

The whole event was captured on the store’s security cameras, said Payson Police Det. Michael McAnerny.

The suspects wore hats and bandannas, concealing their faces, but left plenty of other evidence behind, he said.

The case is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact McAnerny at (928) 474-5242, ext. 255.

A citizen’s tip is what led police to a suspect last year in a burglary at the store.

On July 8, 2010, a thief made off with $2,500 worth of jewelry after busting the store’s front door.

Within 18 hours, police arrested Daniel E. Spedding, 38, of Scottsdale, on charges of third-degree burglary, felony theft and criminal damage after a witness called.

Citizens can provide information anonymously by calling (928) Hot-Tips (468-8477). A reward is offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

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