STATEN ISLAND, NY – A burglar broke through the roof into a jewelry store in Meiers Corners and stole about $ 37,000 in merchandise, police said.
The burglary occurred between 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and when it was discovered around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at Omar Jewelers in a shopping mall at 2048 Victory Blvd., authorities said.
The assailant broke into the store through the roof and then stole jewelry, including necklaces, gold chains, diamond pendants and watches, an NYPD spokesperson said.
A source from the family business speculated that the heist had occurred shortly before 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday when the alarm company sent a notification.
The family have received many false alarms in the past, such as small pets on the roof, so they decided not to check the store in person in the middle of the night.
The burglary was discovered later in the morning by a family member who arrived to open the store, according to the source.
The burglar was captured by the store’s surveillance cameras while walking through the showroom on a rope from the ceiling, the source said.
He appeared to be wearing a bandana over his mouth and a light colored shirt.
The culprit raided the shop windows, taking all kinds of precious jewelry and watches. It left damage in its wake, including a hole in the ceiling and shattered glass on a display case, the source said.
The suspect likely accessed the roof from the back of the building, possibly using a ladder left outside a property where the house is unoccupied, the source said.
“It’s devastating, we’ve been here a long time and never imagined this would happen,” the source said.
The company has been in existence for over 22 years.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing.
A description of the suspect (s) was not immediately available from the police.
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