Jewelry worth $50K stolen |

Jewelry worth $50K stolen

At least $50,000 in gold jewelry was stolen Wednesday in an early morning “smash and grab” burglary at the JCPenney store on Freeman Lane.

“They took anything that wasn’t nailed down,” Grass Valley Police Capt. Dave Remillard said.

Burglars smashed the front window at the department store at about 3:24 a.m., according to an alarm that alerted law enforcement.

It took the thieves less than three minutes to destroy every glass display case in the centrally located jewelry area and grab all of the gold watches and chains before police arrived.

“They went in really quick,” Remillard said.

Police processed the scene for evidence Wednesday morning.

At 3:30 a.m., someone called the sheriff’s office to report a silver Dodge Magnum with three male passengers was seen possibly leaving the scene, although Remillard said there are presently no suspects.

Store manager Dennis Sproviero said the store was burglarized under nearly identical circumstances in March of 2005.

“They busted the glass out and got away,” Sproviero said.

Remillard said police recently received a tip that may lead to suspects in the 2005 burglary.

The “smash and grab” type of burglary, where thieves literally smash their way into a business and grab whatever they can in a matter of minutes, is not uncommon in the area, he said.

The Mervyn’s department store in Roseville was recently hit in the same manner, Remillard said.

“They go around from store to store,” he said.

Store employees at JCPenney are going about their business as usual as repairs are being made, Sproviero said.

He said there is still some jewelry left over from the burglary.

“We still have diamonds and gem stones,” Sproviero said, adding that the store is open for business.


To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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