Greece Police investigating home invasion and jewelry store heist

Updated: 08/07/2014 5:43 PM
Created: 08/07/2014 3:56 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen

A family was tied up, held hostage inside their own home overnight. Investigators believe it was part of a jewelry heist plot.

The manager of a jewelry store, along with his wife and son, were tied and held hostage inside their apartment. Police say the thieves took the keys to the store and waited for the Mall at Greece Ridge to reopen.  

Police say the thieves appear to have knowingly followed the manager of the store home Wednesday, held his family hostage overnight and then burglarized the store first thing Thursday morning.

Investigators were at an apartment complex on North Glen Drive for most of the day. It is the home of the manager of the Jewelry Lab. He and his wife work at the store in Greece Ridge Mall and the thieves apparently knew it.

Sgt. Jared Rene’, Greece Police, said, “I certainly would say that the information we have now would suggest that they had foreknowledge, and certainly this was a targeted – specific to the family that lived here. They knew what they were looking for.”

Apparently what they were looking for were the keys to the store. Police say the suspects followed the manager home Wednesday, hit him over the head and then tied him up. Police say they also restrained his wife and son.

According to police, the suspects then stayed in the apartment with the family overnight, presumably waiting until morning when the mall would reopen.

The family managed to get free around 9:00 a.m. Thursday and called 911, but by then, the thieves had already been to their store, meeting up with a third suspect there.

It is unclear how much they may have taken from the jewelry lab. There were sheets over the glass cases as police dusted for fingerprints and yellow tape surrounded the shop. Police were unable to provide a description of the suspects, but are now looking at mall security video. 

Sgt. Rene’ said, “I know the mall does have a generally helpful camera system so we are going to be working on that as well to try to put those pieces together.”

Police say the men took the victim's car when they left the apartment.  It is a 2013 gray four door Honda Accord. They also say the men are believed to be armed and possibly very dangerous and they ask that you do not try to approach the suspects, just call 911.

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