LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers are searching for the suspects who allegedly committed a brazen "smash and grab" robbery at the Beard's Fine Jewelers at 2002 South First Street Thursday afternoon.
According to a press release from the Lufkin Police Department, 911 dispatch received a call that stated four suspects were robbing Beard's Fine Jewelry at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday. A witness gave a description of the suspects' vehicle, along with the license plate number.
When LPD officers responded to the area, they found the Dodge pickup abandoned in a nearby parking lot. The press release stated that the pickup had been stolen from a local shopping center the day before.
"It is believed that the suspects may have gotten into a small, newer model, tan or beige SUV, possibly a Ford Edge," the press release.
Store employees told Lufkin Police officers that four suspects wearing masks entered the store. The press release stated that the employees sought safety at the back of the business.
"The suspects then began breaking the jewelry cases, taking an assortment of jewelry and leaving the store," the press release stated. "A total value of the stolen jewelry is not known at this time. No one was injured during the incident."
Sgt. David Casper, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department, described the crime as a "smash and grab" robbery. He said no weapons were used and no verbal threats were used.
The investigation is still ongoing.
Anyone with any information about this crime should call the Lufkin Police Department at (936) 633-0356. People with information can also provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or by submitting an anonymous tip at the Crime Stoppers Web site.
Tipsters never have to give their names, and Crime Stoppers of Lufkin may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case.