Hudson Bay heist nets thieves significant bounty

"Over 130 pieces of jewellery were stolen at the time totalling an approximate retail value of $176,000."

If you come across a shiny new Movado or Bulova watch being sold at a bargain basement price in less than regular circumstances, you may want to think twice.

It may be one of the items stolen in a brazen break and enter at the Bay, last month.

Mounties revealed Monday that at around 3 a.m. Aug, 19, two men and one woman broke into the mall by entering through the Cooper Road entrance using some “pry tools” in the place of a key.

“(They) proceeded directly to the purse and jewellery area of the store where they smashed glass cases that housed high priced jewellery and watches,” said Const. Kelly Brett.

“Over 130 pieces of jewellery were stolen at the time totalling an approximate retail value of $176,000.”

Brett said that the heist took no more than a few minutes, and the thieves took off in a getaway vehicle waiting outside.

Mall cops were on scene once police were called and although they didn’t stop the incident, they were able to help access security footage showing the theft in action.

Mounties acted on that information for the weeks that followed the break in, and when that failed to yield results, they went to the public.

Although the stolen goods could be anywhere, at this point, RCMP released the following list of what was taken alongside a description of the thieves.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP, Const. Apollonia De Jong, at 250-762-3300.  Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

Items stolen include:

– Movado Brand watches

– 18 K white gold Diamond Cluster ring

– Various diamond rings

– Bulova Ladies diamond, steel and white watches

Bulova Ladies bracelets

Bulova Mens watches

Sapphire necklaces and rings

Various 14 karat gold and white gold diamond earrings and pendants

Ruby rings

The suspects are described as:

Male 1

– Short in stature

– wearing a brown jacket, grey baseball cap

– Face hidden by cloth

Male 2

– Taller in stature

– wearing black pants, grey top

– face hidden by cloth

Female

– Slender

– wearing black top, black pants and black cap

– light coloured face scarf

 

Suspect Vehicle described as:

– Has the body style consistent of a Jeep Cherokee, particularly the front grill

– Has a sunroof

– No front license plate

– Vehicle is lighter in colour (not white)

 

 

Kelowna Capital News

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