Vehicle rams Los Altos jewelry shop during burglary

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Ryan Knauss/Special to the Town Crier
Broken brick and shattered glass litter the sidewalk outside Marcel Jewelry Design, a downtown Los Altos business that was burglarized early Monday morning.

Updated 2:51 p.m. Dec. 4:

Los Altos Police Department detectives are looking for leads following the dramatic Monday (Dec. 2) morning burglary of a downtown jewelry shop. 

At approximately 2:47 a.m., thieves used an unreported stolen Chevrolet work truck to smash through the front windows of a downtown business, according to the agency. They made off with some of the store’s contents and left the stolen truck behind. The first police officers arrived by 2:50 a.m.

Sgt. Eric Bardwell said the police department is declining to release additional details about the suspects or plundered store.

Photos taken by passersby and plywood erected after the smash-and-grab reveal the business as Marcel Jewelry Design, located at 262 Main St. Burglars previously targeted the shop in the spring, when they unsuccessfully attempted to gain access through the roof, and then again Aug. 19, when they failed to enter after breaking the front windows. Marcel representatives told the Town Crier they spent $7,000 repairing the glass in August.

The jewelry store owner, who prefers to remain unnamed at this time for security purposes, estimated it will cost him at least $50,000 to $60,000 to repair the front of his store this time, because the vehicle, visible through surveillance footage as a work pickup truck, damaged not just the glass, but also the frame holding up the building frontage.

The store owner played the video of the burglary for the Town Crier. Lights shine in through the front windows before the truck backs right into the entryway, stops and then backs up again for good measure. Two men jump out, one wearing dark-colored clothing and another clad in a reflective vest, and they climb through the rubble to break cases on the right-hand side of the store. The men steal a few items and flee on foot in the direction of San Antonio Road.

The shop owner believes there was a third suspect, someone waiting in a car in the middle of Main Street, who aided the burglars in their getaway. He said a camera at Cooks Junction, across the street, recorded a BMW lingering at the time of the incident.

Over his more than four decades in business, the owner said he had only experienced problems recently. He installed motion sensors, ultraviolet sensors, cameras, an alarm triggered by pressure on his windows and even bars that kept thieves at bay until this week’s crime. He has turned over all evidence to the police and will wait for the results of their investigation.

Bardwell told the Town Crier in an email that the previous burglary cases from this year are still under investigation and therefore there is no available information on potential suspects.

The shop owner anticipates the store will be closed until the holidays pass, at the very least.

To report information about the crime, call the Los Altos Police Department Detective Bureau at (650) 947-2770. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the Los Altos Police Department Tip-Line at (650) 947-2774.

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