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Edwardsville jewelry store owner appreciates community support following smash-and-grab robbery

Surveillance shows smash, grab burglary at Edwardsville jewelry store

The Edwardsville, IL, Police Department is trying to ID the suspects of a “smash and grab” burglary at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday at Hudson Jewelers, 6679 Edwardsville Crossing Drive East. Officers arrived within two minutes of the alarm, but, the suspe
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The Edwardsville, IL, Police Department is trying to ID the suspects of a “smash and grab” burglary at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday at Hudson Jewelers, 6679 Edwardsville Crossing Drive East. Officers arrived within two minutes of the alarm, but, the suspe

Edwardsville Police are hoping for help from the public in finding the burglars who stole from Hudson Jewelers early Tuesday.

The “smash-and-grab” burglary took place at about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday when two male suspects pulled up in front of the Edwardsville Crossing jewelry store and broke in through the glass in the front of the store. Surveillance cameras captured the two men wearing dark clothing, one of them masked, as they removed merchandise from the store and drove off in a dark-colored SUV.

“We have photo and video, and we’re hoping someone will recognize one of those individuals,” said Edwardsville Police Chief Jay Keeven. “In addition, we have a number of leads that we’re working.”

Keeven on Thursday said police did not yet have a list of what items were taken, as the Hudson Jewelers staff was still working on the store inventory. “It doesn’t appear that they got an awful lot,” Keeven said.

We’re just grateful and blessed to live in this wonderful community where people appreciate small family-owned businesses. The Edwardsville and Glen Carbon community are just wonderful, loyal people.

John Hudson, president of Hudson Jewelers

John Hudson, the company president, said the community reaction has been powerful. They’ve been getting calls from people all over the country, former customers who have moved away, and visitors to the shop have brought food and pies to support them.

“We’re just grateful and blessed to live in this wonderful community where people appreciate small family-owned businesses,” Hudson said. “The Edwardsville and Glen Carbon community are just wonderful, loyal people.”

Hudson Jewelers has been in business for 71 years, and Hudson said many of their customers have been coming back for three generations. “My parents waited on their parents,” he said. “The amount of support and love is overwhelming.”

Hudson said despite the damage caused by the burglary, the store was open all day Tuesday and remains open during its usual hours.

Anyone who recognizes either suspect or has information regarding the incident is asked to call Det. Jake Germann at 618-656-2131 or the Edwardsville Police anonymous tip line at 618-692-7552.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald

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