A suspect carrying a sledgehammer and trash can broke into an Oakwood store and stole $62,500 in jewelry Sunday morning, according to police.
Oakwood Police investigator Danny Sridej and the department are looking for the suspect in the snatch-and-grab burglary at Nest Feathers on Mundy Mill Road.
“The front glass door was busted up pretty good,” Sridej said.
The suspect is seen on surveillance video carrying the sledgehammer and a black trash can with wheels into the Oakwood store around 3 a.m. Sunday. The suspect left in an unknown vehicle with $62,500 in Pandora jewelry, police said.
“The suspect was wearing a baseball cap, gloves and a scrap of some type of clothing material on his face to conceal his identity,” Sridej said in a news release.
The investigator said the surrounding businesses did not have functioning surveillance to get more information on the vehicle.
Store owner Debbie McGee said she had been warned back in the summer about people targeting the Pandora jewelry.
“It makes you very angry. You work very hard for what you have, and it makes you very angry that there are people who make a living stealing,” McGee said.
Sridej said the details of Sunday’s burglary are similar to a heist at J. Spence Jewelry in Tulsa, Okla., in May. The suspect in that incident, who was seen with a sledgehammer, stole more than $70,000 in Pandora jewelry.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sridej at 770-534-2364 or Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.