Police hope surveillance pictures will help investigators track down the men who walked into Fink's Jewelry in Northlake Mall on Wednesday, smashed display cases open with sledgehammers and swiped jewelry.
Eyewitness News went to the mall Thursday and saw security circling the parking lot. Reporter Tennika Smith also talked to shoppers in the area to see if the brazen crime made them concerned about their safety.
"It's a scary thought, but it's a random thing (and) you can't count on it happening or not happening," said shopper Mark Schneider.
The last high-profile crime to happen at Northlake Mall was a shooting in the parking lot in February 2012. In that case, police said it was not a random act of violence. Police said the victim and suspect knew each other and both men had extensive criminal records.
Eyewitness News checked crime stats within 1,000 feet of the mall since last year's shooting and found very little violent crime. There were only three reports of armed robbery.
As far as Wednesday’s smash and grab, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer said it was an isolated incident and the public should feel safe.
Shoppers in the area seemed to agree.
"I feel fine. (The theft) doesn't change my opinion," said Jaime Lowe.
"I think what happened here can happen anywhere,” said shopper Ross Schneider.
Eyewitness News reached out to Northlake Mall management to find out if they are taking any new or additional steps to enhance the safety of shoppers and businesses in light of the crime. Eyewitness News is still waiting to hear back.