Police believe 3 jewelry store robberies related

by: Jim Bradley Updated:


HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. - Police are investigating three jewelry heists in one week in three difference cities. However, the police believe the same people are behind all of them.

The most recent happened Monday morning in Huntersville at the Brownlee Jeweler off Sam Furr Road.

Police believe the thieves hit stores in Rock Hill and University City last week.

Video captured images of the three burglars as they smashed through the front door of the Brownlee Jewelers in Rock Hill on Friday. They wore masks and spent at least 90 seconds rifling through display cases. Police have not said how much the thieves were able to steal.

Surveillance video for the burglary in Huntersville has not been released, but police said due to the timing of the break-in and the methods used, they believe the crimes are related.

"I think it's crazy that young people are breaking into these jewelry stores," said customer Anthony Asbury. "It makes you think, when you come out here to go shopping, are they watching you?"

A Brownlee employee didn't want to comment about Monday's break-in.

Police said they're still trying to look at what's on surveillance video from the latest case and are checking cameras from nearby stores.

Police said no arrests have been made.