Longwood jewelrystore claims burglars stole $400k worth of merchandise. The proprietor of Certified Jewelry Design off West 434 in Longwood, Albert Pagan, claims that unauthorized individuals gained access to their establishment early on Monday morning.
Despite having empty display cases, the retail establishment is open for business.
"Roughly about $400,000 that we lost, and we still have to assess that," Pagan stated.
Two people can be seen on the surveillance video walking behind the Longwood building where the jeweler has been located for the past 13 years.
Longwood jewelry store claims burglars stole $400K worth of merchandise
However, it is believed that the burglars entered the building through the roof first, and then cut their way in from a neighboring business. The video shows one person returning to the scene to try a door knob. Pagan said:
These people are professional, experienced. To think that they scaled the building, cut all the way across, and cut through the roofs. Crawl through the attic, then cut through a reinforced wall and cut through the vault.- Pagan
Because of the way the store is organized, not a single item that belonged to a customer was stolen; however, all of the store's inventory was destroyed.
"We have handmade design pieces, I had a dozen pieces that were over $25,00. Rare emeralds, Tahitian black pearls, you just can't replace that kind of stuff", according to him.
Other than the date of the incident on Monday and the location, the Longwood police department's incident report was redacted. We were informed that the reason for this is that the report is not yet finished, and the investigation is still in progress.
They have too much invested in their company to give up on it now, despite the fact that they have suffered a financial loss and suffered damage. Pagan stated:
Unfortunately we're not going to have any merchandise for a while, but we'll rebuild that and we'll continue on with jewelry repair and manufacturing.- Pagan
The proprietor notes that it must be frustrating to put so much effort into building something, only to have thieves assist themselves.