It took just a couple of minutes, but a thief made off with about $50,000 in jewelry from a Santa Fe gallery. Surveillance cameras captured clear pictures of the crook.
The crime happened Friday afternoon at the Earthfire Gems Gallery on Galisteo Street in Santa Fe.
“We’ve got a big problem. It’s constant, constant, constant and it kind of takes the fun out of things,” said Forrest Broadley, who’s owned the business for 32 years.
“This one was a particularly bold fellow,” said Broadley. “He’s on candid camera pretty well.”
Surveillance video shows the thief going to the main case, leaning over, slipping open the case and eventually walking off with a tray of jewelry.
“Opened his backpack, dumped 40 gold rings into his backpack and boogied out the door,” said Broadley.
The grab-and-go heist was costly.
“50 grand. All gold rings, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, etc.” said Broadley.
The Santa Fe Police Department, because of the clear surveillance images, hope someone will recognize and turn in the thief.
“We see a lot of very brave criminals, walking in, no disguise, no attempt to even cover up who they are, and to us, it looks like they’re desperate,” said Lt. Andrea Dobyns.
“I’ve got strong opinions about this,” Broadley told KRQE News 13. “The big problem is the meth addicts and the heroin addicts. I have compassion for these people. I just don’t think they should be treated as criminals. I think they’re sick. They should be treated as sick people.”
For now, with approximately $50,000 in valuables stolen, the suspect will enter the criminal justice system if anyone recognizes him and turns him in.
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