Surveillance videos have given Hingham police a new lead in the break-in of DeScenza Diamonds on Thursday.
Tapes from the store’s security cameras show two individuals smashing the front window and glass jewelry cases with a yellow-handle sledgehammer.
The tape first shows a white man in his 20s, about 5-feet-6-inches tall and 150 pounds, with a slight mustache. He is followed into the store by a white man of stocky build wearing a ski mask.
“The video shows the guys breaking in at 12:13 a.m., and at 12:14 a.m. they’re leaving the store,” Police Lt. Michael Peraino said. “That’s how quick they were. They were in and out in under a minute.”
Surveillance tapes also caught a shot of the car the men used to get away. They appeared to be driving a dark-colored Dodge Stratus or Plymouth Breeze. Police are trying to enhance a shot of the license plate to track down the car, Peraino said.
An alarm went off as the men entered the store, Peraino said. They only smashed one of the glass jewelry cases then left with handfuls of men’s and women’s Raymond Weil watches, valued at about $500 each.
The theft occurred just eight days after two men with guns robbed Hingham Jewelers. Police are still investigating that case.
In the Feb. 17 robbery, two black men ambushed employees of Hingham Jewelers on Whiting Street as they were leaving for the day and held them at gunpoint while robbing the store. No one was injured.
Hingham Jewelers’ insurer, Jewelers Mutual Insurance, is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to recovery of the stolen items.
Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call police at 781-749-1212 or go to www.hpd.org and click on the Drop A Dime link.
Jennifer Mann may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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