CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – It took two thieves six minutes to steal $500,000 in jewelry from a Cary shop, the store’s owner said.
Artisan Jewelers, which is located inside Cary Towne Center mall, was robbed just before 5 a.m. Monday, according to owner Malik Saeed.
“I’m still in shock. It’s hard to comprehend that,” Saeed said.
Cary police said the two thieves broke into a vacant store in the mall, and then headed directly to Artisan Jewelers.
Surveillance video showed the duo use a rock to break down the store’s glass door. The pair then used a rock and a crow bar to smash open cases. The pair then stuffed the gold and diamond jewelry into a bag.
The thieves targeted the six cases that Saeed said held the most valuable items, leading the owner to believe the crooks scouted his store before the burglary.
“Several showcases, they do have $100,000 to $200,000 worth of stuff in there, and every single thing is gone,” Saeed said. “They did their homework. They’ve been in the store before. They knew what kind of showcases they should target.”
Saaed said he didn’t learn his security system wasn’t working properly until it was too late. He said he didn’t learn the store had been broken into until two hours after the robbery.
He said one thief appears to have cut himself, leaving blood on a broken case. Saeed also hoped the unique custom and antique items stolen will catch someone’s eye if the crooks try to resell them.
“They don’t have a heart,” Saeed said.
Saaed has owned Artisan Jewelers for seven years. He said, as a small business, he’s not sure how he’ll recoup the losses.
According to the store, a reward is being offered.