Gwinnett County

$100K in jewelry stolen in less than 30 seconds

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Police in Gwinnett County are looking for two men who stole $100,000 worth of jewelry earlier this week.

According to police, the men walked into Crescent Jewelers on Sugarloaf Parkway in unincorporated Lawrenceville just before noon on Monday.

Investigators told Channel 2 Action News that the men pretended to be customers at first. Then, one of the men pulled out a hammer and smashed the glass display cases, and then they both grabbed trays of jewelry.

Police said the men ran out of the store and then out of the shopping mall. Investigators believe they left in a black Mitsubishi SUV.

"They were in and out in less than 30 seconds," Gwinnett County Police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said.


Pihera said the salesman did all the right things.

"He did the right thing. He just backed away," Pihera said.

The owner of the store told Channel 2's Rikki Klaus that the thieves dropped several pieces of jewelry on their way out.

"They were dropping jewelry all over the place," Pihera said.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.