WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA. – Authorities and owners of a West Hollywood jewelry store are hoping the public can help identify a burglary suspect captured on surveillance video.
The burglary took place at Georgiano Fine Jewelry & Watches on the 800 block of Huntley Drive, located near the intersection of Santa Monica and La Cienega Boulevards, around 6 a.m. Sunday. The male suspect could be seen using a crowbar to break into the front door of the business and jump over the counter before sliding several items.
“I do everything by hand, so on my desk I have a lot of pieces I was working on. There were a few pieces in my drawer, including my personal Rolex,” said store owner Jean Georgian.
Owners say they were at the crime scene within 5 minutes of the alarms going off, while it took sheriff’s deputies almost 20 minutes to respond.
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“The police took 18 minutes to come. After that they harassed me asking all kinds of questions even though the suspect was long gone,” Georgian said.
Jewelry worth an estimated $25,000 was stolen from the store. One of the pieces taken in the break-in was a personalized wedding ring the owner was working on for a client.
The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station is investigating the incident with no suspicious information being released. The owners of the jewelry store have now taken to social media and posted photos of the suspect in the glass storefront in hopes it will lead to an arrest.
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“It’s terrifying above all to know that the police are not there to help us,” said co-owner Argiro Veremis.
If anyone recognizes the burglary suspect, they can call the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station or “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or online.
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