Police hunt 'well-dressed' jewellery thief
A 'well-dressed' man steals $20,000 in jewellery that staff only notice missing once he's left the shopping centre in Preston, according to police.PT2M25S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2evfl 620 349 February 22, 2013
Can you spot the crime?
A man walks into a jewellery store. He props his umbrella against the counter, casually takes off his jacket, and asks the young shop assistant to show him jewellery costing thousands of dollars.
The store assistant happily obliges, handing him watches, bracelets and necklaces to try on.
The man then points to another counter in the store and the assistant walks over there, showing him more jewellery. He then rushes back to the original counter and collects the umbrella and jacket, and returns to the assistant, who is explaining the most intricate details of a pearl necklace. He appears disinterested and leaves the shop.
Missed it? So did the poor jewellery store attendant.
This was the work of a professional jewellery thief, who had just walked away with $20,000 worth of jewellery from the store in Preston.
Police have warned jewellers to be alert for the robber, who has targeted stores in Queensland and NSW before moving to Victoria.
He is described as being 180 centimetres tall, perceived to be Caucasian in appearance, with a thin build and light-brown hair.
The Preston heist occurred at a shopping centre on Murray Road, about 1pm on February 2.
Police said once inside a store, the man strikes up a conversation with an attendant and asks to see several pieces of jewellery.
He tries on more and more jewellery before leaving the store without buying anything, and it is only then the theft is discovered.
Investigators have released CCTV footage of the Preston robbery in the hope of catching the man.
People with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppers.com.au.