Bold thief steals $250,000 worth of jewelry from market

Thief takes $250,000 worth of jewelry

DENVER — A brazen thief caught on camera breaking into a market through the roof, stealing $250,000 worth of jewelry after perusing the store for eight minutes.

Inside Plaza Latina off W. 70th Avenue and Pecos Street, there are several businesses selling things like stereo equipment, clothing, shoes and jewelry.

In the surveillance video you can see the man dangling from the ceiling vent. He then falls to the floor, gets up and jumps over a counter to steal a Denver Broncos statue.

Lupe Ly works at Jade Jewelers inside Plaza Latina. She explained, “He’s running around the whole store with that Bronco head under his arm.”

Ly says the store has been open about 13 years.

They’ve been held up three times during business hours, but this is the first time someone has gotten away with something.

The thief doesn’t appear to have a weapon and came in before the store was open. It’s clear from the video he didn’t quite know what he was after. Ly added, “He’s just going back and forth and grabbing things here and there.”

In all, he was in the store for eight minutes just after 8 a.m. Sunday.

The silent alarm was going off the entire time, and surveillance cameras caught the thief with no gloves, no mask, no disguise whatsoever.

He also left behind more than just fingerprints. “He left a trail of jewelry all the way to the back, to get out,” Ly said.

He ended up ditching the Broncos ornament, but managed to swipe about $250,000 worth of diamonds and rings.

He broke the lock and walked out the back door.