Police: "Significant" amount of jewelry stolen in smash-and-grab - KCTV5

Brazen bandits steal $500K in Noble House Jewelry heist

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Authorities need help in identifying the suspects from a smash-and-grab jewelry store burglary. The thieves grabbed about $500,000 in jewelry in a matter of minutes.

Police said the burglary happened at Noble House Jewelry about 1 a.m. last Saturday in the 11600 block of Metcalf Avenue.

When officers responded to the business on an alarm, they found someone had forced entry into the front of the store and saw several glass cases smashed. Surveillance video captured the men destroying cabinets and grabbing everything they could scoop up.

Authorities said the suspects were able to grab a large amount of jewelry before leaving the store. The brazen bandits were in and out of the store in three minutes.

"They grabbed as much jewelry as they could before they ran out the door," Overland Park Police Officer Gary Mason said.

Police said the first suspect appeared to be stocky build, wearing a multi-color patterned stocking cap with thick black band, charcoal sweatshirt, dark sweatpants, dark tennis shoes with white soles, multi-colored mask and dark gloves.

The second suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, dark tennis shoes, dark mask and dark gloves.

"We got a call from police around 1 a.m. that someone had broken in," Noble House's Douglas Brooks said."They busted the windows up pretty bad, glass was pretty much everywhere. There's a lot of cleanup to do."

This is the store's first burglary like this since opening eight years ago.

"We've been very lucky this hasn't happened. It's the first time. We'll be able to learn from it," Brooks said. "Thankfully no one was hurt, that's all we could ask for."

He said customers have been concerned, but he told them not to worry. He said everyone is fine, and "We'll be in business a long time."

The shopping area has a security guard during the day. The store had a top-notch security system and that produced quality images.

Detectives are closely reviewing the surveillance footage and hope it will help them solve the heist.

"We'd always like to have more," Mason said. "We have some traffic cameras we'll be taking a look at as well."

Police did not think this is related to last week's smash-and-grab at the Apple Store in Leawood. Those thieves were in and out in two minutes after driving a vehicle into the front gate, bending it.

"It's kind of scary that things like this are happening in Overland Park or Leawood," Brooks said.

Anyone with information about the Noble House or Apple Store burglaries are asked to contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

"No matter what you do, whether it's a high visibility area, no matter what security or alarm system you have, everything you have is not always going to be a complete deterrence to theft," Mason said. "In this case, they all those things and they're still out a lot of merchandise."

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