Crime Stoppers: Jewelry thieves target new townhomes

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Updated: Dec. 14, 2016 at 9:11 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A new development in north Charlotte is getting hit with break-ins and thefts.

One homeowner had an alarm and surveillance video installed, but it didn't stop crooks from stealing expensive jewelry.

Surveillance video from inside the townhome shows two guys kicking in the front door while the owner was away at work.
"They got in pretty easily with just a couple of hits," said CMPD Detective Tori Roddey.
Once in, they raced to the stairs and up to a bedroom.  The home alarm was sounding, so they knew they had to be quick.

Not 30 seconds later when they came back down, they were carrying an armoire with expensive jewelry inside.  They left before police could answer the burglar alarm.

But there's something wrong about this break-in.

The crooks ran right past a big flat-screen television. They never even looked at it. They seemed to know exactly what they were after when they went upstairs to that bedroom

"I guess you see an armoire, you think about jewelry and that's exactly what was in there," Detective Roddey said.
Detective Roddey says new townhomes seem to be a magnet for crooks like these.
"They've had their share of issues at this property. They've had incidences where people have broken in and taken the washer and dryer before people have moved in," Roddey said.

Detective Roddey believes the men are locals and should be easily identified -- if someone will step forward and call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.

There is Christmas cash available for a tip that pans out.

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