Police continue to probe mall jewelry burglary

Published: Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 10, 2003 at 11:10 p.m.
Authorities were investigating leads Friday into the burglary of thousands of dollars of jewelry from two stores at The Oaks Mall the day before.
Police recovered videotapes of the burglaries and are looking at them, Gainesville Police Cpl. Keith Kameg said.
"They're trying to piece together if it is the same people in both or if it is separate individuals," Kameg said.
The burglars first broke into a door by the food court at about 5:15 a.m. Thursday and, once inside, broke out windows next to Gause and Son Jewelers and Marks and Morgan Jewelers, Kameg said.
The burglars stole watches, chains and rings from the display cases.
An alarm rang when the burglars broke into the jewelry stores and police arrived at the mall between three and four minutes after the first alarm rang, but the burglars were already gone, Kameg said.
A few minutes later, police found a car running at the nearby Oaks Apartments with nobody in it. They believe the blue 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra was the getaway vehicle, Kameg said.
Authorities hope somebody has information for them.
"We're hoping someone at the Oaks Apartments saw something around 5:30 a.m.," Kameg said.
Police also hope to hear if other police agencies are investigating similar jewelry heists, he said.
The burglary was well-planned, and police believe more than one person was involved in the jewelry heist.
On Friday, Gause and Son Jewelers was open, but Marks and Morgan Jewelers was not, an assistant manager said.

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