Smash and grab nets thief $20,000 worth of jewelry from Kamloops store

The Michael Hill outlet in Aberdeen Mall was the target, with the thief running outside to a waiting getaway driver and vehicle

Approximately $20,000 worth of jewelry was stolen in a smash-and-grab heist at Aberdeen Mall on Wednesday.

At about 1 p.m., a man smashed a display case at the Michael Hill store in the mall and grabbed a number of items before running out of the mall and into a waiting vehicle. The store is located near the west entrance to Aberdeen Mall, which is adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway.

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Store manager Paul Hayward told KTW the store would be closed for the rest of the day on Wednesday, but would re-open as on Thursday.

Hayward said he turned over the store’s surveillance tape to police. He said the store has been targeted by thieves before, but never in such a brazen manner.

“We’ve had people snatch things, but never anything like this,” he said.

Hayward said he was told the thief fled the mall with the help of a getaway driver.

Wednesday’s incident is similar to a smash-and-grab at a Sahali Mall jewelry store in December 2018. In that instance, a pair of masked men entered Danielle’s Silver and Gold and used a wrench and ratchet to smash a number of display cases before taking off with $15,000 in stolen items.

The investigation into Wednesday’s heist is ongoing.

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