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Jewelry thieves hit St. Clair Square store in Fairview Heights

Jewelry store smash and grab at Fairview Heights mall

Prime Jewelers inside St. Clair Square mall in Fairview Heights, IL, was hit March 23 by burglars using crow bars to smash display cases and take merchandise. Police are investigating a string of smash and grab jewelry store robberies in southern
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Prime Jewelers inside St. Clair Square mall in Fairview Heights, IL, was hit March 23 by burglars using crow bars to smash display cases and take merchandise. Police are investigating a string of smash and grab jewelry store robberies in southern

At least two men burglarized a jewelry store in Fairview Heights on March 23 in a manner similar to a string of thefts in St. Louis, police say.

At about 4 a.m., police were called to a break-in at Prime Jewelers inside St. Clair Square mall. Surveillance video showed two men appearing to break in through front door and using hammers to break open jewelry cases, Detective Tim Mueller with Fairview Heights police said.

Mueller said police did not know how much jewelry was stolen as of Thursday morning.

He said the suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts that were pulled over their faces, preventing identification. They were driving a dark SUV.

Mueller said the burglary was similar to a string of thefts in St. Louis in the past two months.

Three other jewelry stores have been robbed in West County in St. Louis since Feb. 1, KMOV reported.

On Feb. 1, a dog was shot and killed during an armed robbery at Timekeeps in Olivette, Missouri.

On March 19, shots were fired inside Vincent’s Jewelers during a robbery in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

Less than 24 hours after Vincent's Jewelers was robbed, Michael Genovese Jewelers was burglarized less than two miles away.



Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6



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