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Santa Fe, N.M. - Jewelry Worth $1M Taken From New Mexico Store During Ceremony

Published on: December 1, 2015 08:32 PM
By: AP
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This video frame grab from a surveillance camera provided by the Santa Fe, New Mexico Police department shows suspects in a heist at Diva Diamonds & Jewels in Santa Fe, N.M.  Police say thieving hands reached into an unlocked glass jewelry case while staff were too busy attending to customers to notice on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.  (Courtesy of Santa Fe, New Mexico Police department via AP)This video frame grab from a surveillance camera provided by the Santa Fe, New Mexico Police department shows suspects in a heist at Diva Diamonds & Jewels in Santa Fe, N.M.  Police say thieving hands reached into an unlocked glass jewelry case while staff were too busy attending to customers to notice on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.  (Courtesy of Santa Fe, New Mexico Police department via AP)

Santa Fe, N.M. - More than $1 million in jewelry was stolen from a store on a historic plaza in Santa Fe as crowds gathered for a holiday tree-lighting festival outside, police said Tuesday.

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Santa Fe Police Lt. Michele Williams said that 11 items of jewelry were taken from an unlocked display case in a store bustling with shoppers. Williams declined to describe the stolen items because she said it might hinder the investigation.

Santa Fe Police were attempting to identify a trio of suspects involved in the Friday heist. Police distributed images of the suspects taken from security cameras on the day of the theft and in the weeks leading up the robbery, when thieves apparently cased the Diva Diamonds & Jewels store.

A glass display case was kept unlocked during business hours, and store employees were busy attending to customers when someone reached in and took the jewelry, Williams said.

Ringed by museums, art galleries and restaurants, Santa Fe’s downtown plaza dates back to the 1600s and remains a popular venue for performances and seasonal markets.

The jewelry was removed between 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., police said. Jewelry store employees discovered the items were missing about 6 p.m.

The jewelry store could not be reached by phone or email. It advertises diamonds, gems, and fine jewelry in a wide range of styles.



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