Suspect sought in two jewelry store heists 

Suspect sought in two jewelry store heists

A single thief swiped engagement rings from two jewelry stores on both sides of the Delaware River within about one hour earlier this month. Last week, Philadelphia police released surveillance images of the alleged perpetrator.

One of the thefts occurred at Kay Jewelers inside Philadelphia Mills mall at 1455 Franklin Mills Circle on Nov. 10. Shortly before 8:40 p.m., the suspect entered the store and posed as a shopper in search of an engagement ring.

A sales associate invited the man to sit down at a display case as she showed a ring to him. When the employee handed the ring to the man, he took off and was seen entering a black Dodge Charger in the mall’s parking lot.

About one hour earlier, a man fitting the same description committed a similar crime at Helzberg Diamonds in Moorestown, New Jersey, adjacent to the Moorestown Mall. He has been described as black, 35 to 45 years old, 6 feet tall, with an average complexion, short black hair, gray goatee beard, brown leather jacket, plaid shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.

Visit the Philadelphia Police channel on YouTube.com to see surveillance video. Call 215–686-TIPS or text to PPD TIP to report information. ••