ALTON – Police were called to Alton Square Mall on Tuesday in response to a jewelry theft at Macy’s department store.
Reports said the Alton Police Department made contact with the store’s loss prevention officer at 7:42 p.m. The officer said between 6 p.m. Monday, March 24, and 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, an estimated $6,000 worth of jewelry had been stolen.
According to police documents, the loss prevention officer said a store employee noticed numerous empty jewelry boxes in the rotating display cases atop the fixed jewelry cases.
The employee said the last documented inventory of the rotating display cases was at 6 p.m. Monday, March 24.
The loss prevention officer told police the rotating display cases are locked, but there is a small gap around the door opening. He said the department store chain has had other theft-related cases where the suspect used a thin tool to push through the small gap, grasp a piece of jewelry and pull it through out through the gap.
The loss prevention officer said no one has been identified or arrested in any other thefts at the other Macy’s stores.
Reports said the employee found 12 empty and partially empty jewelry boxes from three rotating cases; three of those boxes were missing only one of two earrings.
The other nine boxes were devoid of any merchandise. The employee told police she believed of those nine boxes, five contained earrings and four had rings.
She said the empty boxes varied in value from $300 to $700 each but did not have a description of what was in the boxes.
Police reports said from the three boxes with only one missing earring, the matching ones were described as such:
- Set 1: 14-karat yellow gold hoop earrings with numerous small diamonds, valued at $300 a pair
- Set 2: 14-karat yellow gold hoop earrings with numerous small diamonds and a small pearl attached at the end of it, valued at $400 a pair
- Set 3: 14-karat white gold hoop earrings with numerous small diamonds, valued at $350 a pair
The loss prevention officer told police he had been reviewing video surveillance to try to identify a suspect and had not found anything at the time police wrote the report.
He said he would notify the Alton Police Department if he found anything.
The officer also said there was a female suspect who had been committing this type of theft, who had a surveillance photo shot in the Mid Rivers Mall Macy’s department store in St. Peters, Mo.
Reports said there is no evidence at this time, and the woman in the photo, who has not been identified, is a suspect in the case.
Anyone with information on the case can contact the Alton Police Department at 618-463-3505.