New information in Greece jewelry store heist, police raid in Spencerport

Updated: 08/08/2014 5:13 PM
Created: 08/08/2014 4:32 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen and Berkeley Brean

News10NBC has learned new details in the case of a home invasion and jewelry store heist in Greece.

We first told you about this heist at the Jewelry Lab on Thursday. On Friday, the store at the Mall at Greece Ridge was open for business. It didn't take long to see that much of the merchandise was missing. The owner of the store told us off-camera that the suspects targeted the most expensive items: gold chains, diamond, gold bracelets, rings and charms.

They left many other items untouched in their display cases. Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan puts the value of the stolen items in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Chief Phelan says, "It looks like they knew what they were looking for and they were looking for some specific items, some bulk jewelry, diamonds, gold, that type of thing. We're still trying to determine the value but it's significant."

According to the store owner, the suspects were dressed in all black, wearing masks and gloves when they followed the manager of the store into his home on North Glen Drive on Wednesday. They then bound him and his family up with duct tape. The crooks demanded the keys to the store and the alarm code. They stayed in the house with their hostages overnight, presumably waiting until the morning when the mall would re-open.

Around 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning, the suspects went into the Jewelery Lab and quickly took what they were looking for. Much of the heist appears to have been caught on video surveillance cameras in the store and the mall.

Chief Phelan told us, "We're pursuing all the possibilities of video. We have a lot of evidence."

Phelan acknowledged they are looking for a total of three men.

He says, "We have very good leads on who the suspects may be."

The owner of the store says they did not have any insurance on the stolen items. Chief Phelan says, as of now, none of of the items have turned up at local pawn shops.

Friday afternoon, News10NBC was on scene as SWAT teams raided a house in Spencerport. The Greece Police Department says evidence from the jewelry store heist led them to a house on Union Street near Route 31.

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