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RCMP have no suspects in Thursday morning 'smash and grab'

Fifth Avenue Jewellers on Hillside Drive was the subject of a 'smash and grab' robbery on Thursday morning. RCMP are following leads but have no suspects as of yet.
April 19, 2013 - 12:42 PM

Walking into Fifth Avenue Jewellers on Hillside Drive, everything seems normal.

The staff are friendly, the bling is shiny - and it's business as usual.

Looking a little closer, several of the displays once showcasing shiny, pretty things are no longer adorned with jewellery and watches, but are wide open and filled with broken glass.

Kamloops RCMP Const. Bernie Ward said a robbery took place at the local jewellery shop around 2 a.m. on Thursday morning.

"They broke their way through," Ward said. "It was a smash and grab."

Ward could not speak to the costs of store damages or products stolen. He did, however, confirm that the thief or thieves made off with some product, and given the nature of their business, you can bet that the product is worth a pretty penny. Despite security measures by the store, whoever broke in on Thursday morning was in and out within minutes.

"Our guys were there pretty darn fast," Ward said. "They had been in and out and gone."

While the police have no suspects in custody, they are following leads, adding that there was surveillance of the area. He said the investigation is ongoing, and that it's possible the product may turn up in pawn shops or be traded elsewhere.

"It's turned into some other commodity nine times out of 10," Ward said. "They don't break in to wear jewellery."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the local detachment at 250-828-3000.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.

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