Mass. jewelry stores targeted in smash-and-grab robberies

Police are searching for the people responsible for smash-and-grab robberies at several Massachusetts jewelry stores.Surveillance video shared by Touch of Midas in Burlington shows nine people breaking through the front door in the overnight hours between Saturday and Sunday. Those people then used hammers to smash display cases in order to grab fistfuls of jewelry. Those thieves were able to run off before anyone could catch them.Roland Racicot, the owner of Roland’s Jewelry, said thieves broke into his 30-year-old Medford business and stole about $15,000 in merchandise the same night Touch of Midas was robbed. The two stores are approximately eight miles apart.”You work your butt off your whole life and then you see what happens. And that hurts,” Racicot said.Some of the items stolen from Roland’s Jewelry were for sale while others were waiting for repair.Rita Ranzo said her Movado wristwatch, a gift from her late husband that was being repaired, was stolen from Roland’s.”My husband worked to pay for that. It wasn’t cheap. It was expensive. And these people just come in and think they can take it without any consequence?” Ranzo said. “I hope it turns their wrist green. Believe me, I do.”Racicot said police told him that three or four businesses like his were victims of smash-and-grab robberies over the weekend.He also said that he has installed stronger glass in his store’s display cases and plans to lock more merchandise in the safe each night.

Police are searching for the people responsible for smash-and-grab robberies at several Massachusetts jewelry stores.

Surveillance video shared by Touch of Midas in Burlington shows nine people breaking through the front door in the overnight hours between Saturday and Sunday. Those people then used hammers to smash display cases in order to grab fistfuls of jewelry. Those thieves were able to run off before anyone could catch them.

Roland Racicot, the owner of Roland’s Jewelry, said thieves broke into his 30-year-old Medford business and stole about $15,000 in merchandise the same night Touch of Midas was robbed. The two stores are approximately eight miles apart.

“You work your butt off your whole life and then you see what happens. And that hurts,” Racicot said.

Some of the items stolen from Roland’s Jewelry were for sale while others were waiting for repair.

Rita Ranzo said her Movado wristwatch, a gift from her late husband that was being repaired, was stolen from Roland’s.

“My husband worked to pay for that. It wasn’t cheap. It was expensive. And these people just come in and think they can take it without any consequence?” Ranzo said. “I hope it turns their wrist green. Believe me, I do.”

Racicot said police told him that three or four businesses like his were victims of smash-and-grab robberies over the weekend.

He also said that he has installed stronger glass in his store’s display cases and plans to lock more merchandise in the safe each night.

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