They knew exactly what to do and precisely when to do it, police said.
The two men in hooded sweatshirts entered Towne West shortly after 7 a.m. through a door unlocked for early morning mall walkers, Lt. Guy Schroeder said. They brought with them a furniture dolly, which they pushed directly to the Towne West Jewelers kiosk.
Once there, they forced their way into the kiosk, loaded a small safe onto the dolly and took it back out the way they entered, Schroeder said. They then loaded the safe into an older model black four-door Chevy sedan and drove away.
“Somebody knew where they were going and knew exactly how long it was going to take to do it,” Schroeder said. “It didn’t take them any time at all. It was pretty short and sweet.”
The business estimated there were jewels worth tens of thousands of dollars in the 500-pound safe. Police are reviewing surveillance video for clues, Schroeder said.
There were people walking in the mall and even employees preparing for the start of the business day when the burglary occurred, Schroeder said.
“Apparently, it’s not out of the ordinary to see someone with a furniture dolly” at that time of day at the mall, he said.