Los Altos Police detectives are combing through surveillance video in an attempt to identify suspects who attempted – but ultimately failed – to gain access to three Los Altos jewelry stores this week by cutting the electricity to the businesses and disabling alarms.
On Sunday morning (March 31), someone cut power to Smythe & Cross Fine Jewelry, located at 350 Main St., and Preziosi, located at 652 Fremont Ave., said Sgt. Cameron Shearer. Early Tuesday morning, someone tried to break into Marcel Jewelry Design, located at 262 Main St., through the roof and damaged a skylight in the ceiling. That business was closed Tuesday, presumably for repairs. Owner Bruno Marcel declined to comment.
The incidents are still under investigation, Shearer said Wednesday.
“The odds are they probably are connected, but we don’t have any proof of that at this point,” he said.
Smythe & Cross owner Khatchig Jingirian became aware of the attempted break-in at his shop when his alarm company contacted him Sunday to report his alarm battery was low. Security footage shows two men, possibly in their 20s or 30s, approach Jingirian’s electrical panel behind the building before the feed goes dark. The pair later tried to gain access through the front of the shop but ultimately gave up.
Jingirian said he learned of the attempts at the other two shops by sharing news of the Smythe & Cross incident to a private jewelers’ security network, a forum that has proven helpful to spread word of fake credit cards, bad checks and suspects caught palming inventory during distraction thefts.
“When there’s some kind of criminal activity, it’s not just one place,” he said. “They’re going to try multiple places and see where they succeed.”
Report tips about the crimes to Los Altos Police Officer Chris Robinson at 947-2770 or [email protected]