Reporting Mary Bubala
OXON HILL, Md. (WJZ) — Thieves steal half a million dollars in jewels from a Maryland jewelry store. Four months later, they’re still on the loose.
Police have now released surveillance video of the sophisticated robbery in hopes of catching the criminals.
Mary Bubala explains how they pulled off the heist.
Photos show the “X” police say the thieves marked on the roof. It was in the exact right spot.
Surveillance video shows the crooks descending into a small back room of Rivertowne Jewelers in Oxon Hill.
“They just go straight to the wires over here and they cut the wires to the alarm,” said Detective David Gross, Prince George’s County Police.
Gross says the suspects had planned out every last detail. Gross says this was much more sophisticated than the standard smash and grab robberies. He’s never seen anything like it.
“You just can’t see anything. They’ve got the gloves on, all black. They got the black mask on,” he said.
The three robbers lower a number of supplies, including gas tanks for a blowtorch, then they get to work. Video shows where they cut through thick concrete and steel to get into the back of the safe.
Police say they got a hold of half a million dollars worth of jewelry that was inside. They stole every last piece in the trays.
“That’s crazy. They’re doing Oceans 11 on people out here,” Aniya King said.
King works a few doors down and says she hopes the community rallies around the owners.
“I want people to support him because it’s a shame,” she said.
The owner and her brother didn’t want to talk on camera, but he says the burglary has devastated them and they’re still battling for insurance money.
Police hope by releasing video, they’ll get the tip they need to bring the family justice.
“They took 25 years to get their business going, and they were wiped out in a matter of two hours,” said Gross.
Police say they are looking at a number of persons of interest, but have no one in custody yet.
Because they wore masks and gloves, police don’t have any DNA or fingerprints to investigate.