Manchester jewelry store offering reward to get thief off the streets

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MANCHESTER, MO (KTVI) - There’s been another jewelry store break-in the St. Louis area; making at least six in less than 10 days.

The latest victim is fed up.  He's offering $1,000 reward and a message jewelers hope will finally sink in.

Since the morning of April 11th there have been jewelry store break-ins in Creve Coeur, Des Peres, St. Peters, and now Manchester.

The latest crime occurred a little after 2:15 Wednesday morning at the Diamond Family store in Lafayette Center near Baxter and Manchester Roads.

“He basically inserted his hand through the glass.  I have no idea how he didn’t cut himself.  The guy wasn’t wearing gloves,” said Michael Haddad, president of the Diamond Family.

Manchester police released surveillance video clearly showing the suspect smashing a store front window, walking into the store, and smashing a jewelry case.

The thief is a young white male, wearing a gray colored hooded sweatshirt with dark trousers, police said.  Anyone with additional information regarding the suspect should call Manchester Police at 636-227-1385 Ext. 102.

“There’s nothing in jewelry stores for people to take at night.  In all instances, no monetary benefit will occur of the people that did this,” Haddad said.

The suspect in the latest robbery got away with rings from “sizing kits” which had no resale value, he said.

The suspect later came back and stole low-end watches from a jewelry case.

The diamonds you see in those showcases go into a vault every night; standard practice at every jewelry store, Haddad said.

He offered the reward to make solving the crime pay more than the crime itself and hopefully convince criminals to steer clear of jewelry stores.

“We are going to make whoever reports these people benefit monetarily by offering a $1,000 cash reward to the first person that can give us some information to lead to capturing these people.  Let’s get them off the street and keep the families in St. Louis safe,” Haddad said.  “This has become a community thing.  It’s hit St. Charles, Webster.  I’d like to be the last one in Manchester, you know…we got (this business) from our father.  There’s a lot of emotion involved with it. It’s just peace of mind.  You can’t sleep at night and know you’re going to be safe with people like this still out running around.”

Police chased a car with 4 suspects in recent St. Peters break-ins early Monday morning.  Police recovered the car but the suspects ran off.

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