SAN JOSE (KPIX) — A small jewelry store at Eastridge Center in San Jose is the latest business to be hit by a wave of smash-and-grabs plaguing the Bay Area.
The owner of Quick Service Jewelry, who wished to remain anonymous, told KPIX that five people wearing masks, hoodies and gloves entered his store around 2:50 p.m. and smashed windows and grabbed everything they could. .
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The gang of thieves came in and out in about 15 seconds, never saying a word, the owner said.
Smash-and-grab captured by surveillance cameras at the Eastridge Mall in San Jose – shows 5 people entering a jewelry store with hammers and grabbing as much jewelry as they can.
The robbery lasted less than 15 seconds.
The mall also has cameras; police looking for suspects. pic.twitter.com/hIOxQJbpVR
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The store is located near an entrance to the mall, giving thieves an avenue to flee the area quickly before officers arrive.
“I just screamed and said, ‘help, help, help,'” the owner said. “It scared me to death! I’m worried and alert but, honestly, I don’t know what else to do.
The owner, who has worked at Eastridge Center for 20 years, said it was the first time thieves had nearly destroyed his modestly sized store.
It’s not the only jewelry store that has been robbed in recent weeks.
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J & Huss Jewelry was also the victim of a smash-and-grab. The owner of this store, who also wished to remain anonymous, told KPIX that the crime trend has forced him to lock his doors and screen customers before allowing them into his store.
Last week he said he believed thieves tried to steal it again but quickly moved on when they tried to open the door and realized it was locked.
Other jewelry stores inside the mall are taking matters into their own hands to protect their products. Stores are now closing half of their store entrances so that if affected, only one side is easily accessible instead of their entire store.
The mall is equipped with surveillance cameras and business owners hope the footage will help police catch thieves before they strike again.
The wave of thefts spread throughout the Bay Area. San Francisco police recently made several arrests in a brazen robbery at the Louis Vuitton store where approximately 40 thieves stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. About 80 thieves ransacked a Nordstrom in Walnut Creek. Stores in Palo Alto, Concord and San Jose were also affected.
Seven Bay Area district attorneys, including Santa Clara County Attorney Jeff Rosen, announced they have formed an alliance to prosecute retail thieves. This position, they said, would strengthen the prosecution of suspects as they progress through the justice system.
Despite his fears, the owner of Quick Service Jewelry Repair said he had no choice but to keep his doors open or his family couldn’t eat.
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“Of course I’m scared,” he said. “Look, if I don’t work, I can’t support my family. If I’m not working, how can I put food on the table? »