• Thieves steal antique jewelry from Hickory business in smash-and-grab robbery

    By: Dave Faherty


    HICKORY, N.C. - A major jewelry store heist occurred in downtown Hickory Wednesday morning.

    Police said someone smashed their way into the business that has been in Hickory for more 100 years.

    Not only does the business have surveillance cameras, but the city of Hickory has several in the downtown area, including two cameras that recorded images of the getaway car.

    The owner of Bisanar Jewelry showed Channel 9 images of the break-in where the thieves went after antique jewelry, including several gold necklaces and other items.

    Police said it the thieves got through the back door of the business, which first opened in 1896.

    "They busted the cases. They are gone, three different cases were absolutely demolished," said store manager Lori Baker.

    Baker said the alarm did work, but the thieves were quickly in and out of the business in a matter of minutes grabbing what they could before police arrived.

    "(The store was) devastated … glass everywhere. You know at Christmas time it is tough anyway, but to walk into that and rearrange our whole store is catastrophic," Baker said.

    Investigators shared photos captured by cameras the city has placed around Union Square.

    The silver colored Chrysler 200 was seen driving around the area shortly before the break-in and they believe that is the getaway car.

    The business reopened by mid-morning, but for other stores nearby the break-in is a reminder to be extra careful during the holidays.

    "I'm shocked that it happened. It was very bold. I just hope whoever did it gets caught," said store owner Betty Mahoney.

    Police told Channel 9 they are also trying to get video from two other cameras in the store.

    They said they will be stepping up patrols around this business and others in the area.

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