by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:DULUTH —
The owners of a J Jewelers in Duluth believe the same man is responsible for two overnight smash-and-grab-style burglaries in a little more than six weeks.
Surveillance video shows the suspected thief carrying a bucket and hurling a rock that shattered the jewelry store's door.
The man stepped through the door and into the surveillance camera's lens.
The store owner, who didn't want to be identified, said she received a call at about 3 a.m. on Monday notifying her of the break-in at her store on Satellite Boulevard.
"We panicked," she told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh. "I realized instantly that it could have been the same guy."
Gwinnett County Police said the suspected burglar could be tied to four crimes in the area. They sent Channel 2 Action News still frames of the man from Monday's burglary and the burglary on May 31st.
"He came in and took about $4,000 worth of jewelry that was in the corner and cannot be seen outside," said the store owner.
The owner said she thinks the man used a breaker switch to kill power to the entire plaza.
But the owner has a backup power source and surveillance cameras kept rolling
"Second time he didn't get anything," said the storeowner who now removes all jewelry from the cases at night.
The small business owner said speaking out is her way of fighting back and emailed Channel 2 Action News after the second burglary, hoping someone will recognize the man or men in the photographs.
"All the things that we work hard for has been taken away instantly," she said. "We need to put a stop to him going around and terrorizing business owners."