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Police in Battle Creek looking for multi-state jewelry store theft suspects
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Newschannel 3 is teaming up with the Battle Creek Police and Silent Observer to crack down on crime and get criminals off the streets.
The crime of the week is a jewelry theft, which happened on September 12, on Beckley and Capital Avenue.
Detectives say it involved an experienced group, that has hit other states.
In a matter of minutes, three thieves managed to take off with thousands of dollars worth of diamond bracelets.
"They had a plan together, two people were acting as customers to throw everyone off," explained Battle Creek Police Detective Nick Woolman.
While the employees were distracted, a man that can be seen sitting down makes his move.
"He's just trying to conceal his arm from going into the display case while reaching in right now," Det. Woolman said while watching surveillance footage.
The store employees didn't even know they were robbed until after the suspects had left.
"I was right here, working with one of our good customers, and they were right here," said C.J. Cummins, an employee of the store.
Looking back, workers could see the signs that something was wrong.
"Like with the palms not touching anything, making sure they didn't look at the cameras walking in, look down at the floor; they've done this before," Cummins said.
"We also got a tip they hit a store in Bowling Green, Kentucky, which their videos came up and photos matched these people, so we know it's multi-state they're working," Det. Woolman said.
Police hope the video will put a stop to the thieves.
If you have any information on the break-ins, you are asked to call Silent Observer at (269)964-3888.
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