GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) — Police are searching for a group of men responsible for what they’re calling a sophisticated burglary in Greenwood.
Thieves broke into the Alternative Creations jewelry store in the 3100 block of Meridian Parke Drive on September 9th.
The owner is outraged after thieves got away with most of the inventory in the store, including jewelry from customers.
“I looked around and there it is you know everything a messed, a skewed,” said Michael Dyson, store owner. “I started seeing everything else that was going on.”
The owner said he couldn’t believe how the thieves did it. He said the group broke in by cutting a hole through the roof.
The family owned jewelry store has been out of business for days since the burglary. Dyson is still working to clean up the mess and trying to figure out what to do next.
“I never thought they would have pulled a mission impossible move on my jewelry store,” said Dyson. “We’re not really big, we’re not a Reese Nichol or a multi-billion dollar company.”
Dyson said he opened the store late one morning, walked into the store to find a mess.
“I was stunned. I was completely blow away by what I was seeing,” said Dyson.
Dyson believes the crime happened overnight. He walked into the store to find everything ransacked.
He said the showcases pried open and toolboxes scattered throughout the back.
Never in a million years did he think, thieves would gain entry through the roof.
“We seen two individuals that had dropped through our roof and came through the back door of our store,” said Dyson.
Dyson said thieves disconnected the alarm system then left. They returned two hours later to finish the crime. Dyson believes the thieves got away with anywhere between $200,000 to $300,000 dollars’ worth of jewelry.
“They come back into through the back door and then proceeded to get their tools out, walk in with all of their tools and go to town on my place,” said Dyson.
Greenwood police say detectives are investigating the case and believe the business may have been targeted.
“They went to great extent to get this done. My guess is they have watched the business for some time,” said officer Kortney Burrello, Greenwood Police Department. “They knew how to access the roof; they studied this business for quite a while.”
Police say the thieves cut off the alarm system, but forgot to take the DVR with the security video.
“Four different people, they’re covered with masks,” said Burrello. “You can tell there is a size difference. We possibly believe three white males and a black male at this time.”
Police say they are checking for security video from other businesses in the area.
The owner of the jewelry store is asking customers who may have dropped off jewelry for repair or work in recent weeks to give them a call at (317) 883- 3301.