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Reward offered to help catch Manchester jewelry thief

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Police believe this man stloe $50  in rings from the Diamond Family Jewelry Store in Manchester. Credit: Manchester PD Police believe this man stloe $50 in rings from the Diamond Family Jewelry Store in Manchester. Credit: Manchester PD
Police believe this man stloe $50  in rings from the Diamond Family Jewelry Store in Manchester. Credit: Manchester PD Police believe this man stloe $50 in rings from the Diamond Family Jewelry Store in Manchester. Credit: Manchester PD

MANCHESTER, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A smash and grab thief threw a rock through a window of a West County jewelry store, then grabbed a handful of rings and ran away.

This case is the latest of jewelry store break-ins, including three in St. Peters and one in Creve Coeur.

The burglary happened in the early hours of the morning on April 20 in Manchester.

Police have not released the surveillance video, but the owners of the Diamond Family Jewelry Store, Michael and Alex Haddad, showed the video to News 4. The footage shows a thief throwing a rock through the window.

The owners say the thief broke out the front window around 3 a.m. and used a tire iron to break into a case. According to the owners, the thief did not use gloves and left the iron behind, possibly leaving valuable clues. But the rings that were stolen are only valued at $50. The owners also say the expensive items are locked up overnight. The thief stole samples not made of gold.

"It may look like it's valuable but it has zero intrinsic value. You cannot sell it, you cannot melt it; you can't do anything with it," said Michael Haddad.

The owners say they are worried about being a part of the rash of jewelry store break-ins taking place in the metro area.

"Every night it's happening, seven stores in the same week. I definitely think it's snowballing and we'd love to put an end to it," said Michael Haddad.

The owners hope a $1,000 reward will motivate someone to turn the suspect in to police.           

"Anything we can do to get these people off the street we're willing to, so that's why we want to offer this reward," said Alex Haddad.

The owners are asking anyone with information that could help to email them at crime@vincentjewelers.com.

By contacting them through the provided email address, the owners will be connected to a network of 200 jewelry stores in the area. Those jewelry stores share information on crime and are watching the latest wave of break-ins very closely.

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