So. Fla. jewelry store burglarized, cleaned out
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida jewelry store owner is reeling from a massive burglary that left him without a single item, Friday.
"We usually have 45 to 50 Rolexes in this showcase," said owner Juan Castillo pointing at the empty glass displays. "Diamond rings, engagement rings, wedding trios in this showcase."
Castillo said the burglars left nothing behind. "They did not leave one item in the store," he said. "They took their time and went through every drawer, every safe, everything. They took everything."
Cases that used to be filled with valuable jewelry now sit empty. "They came through the roof," said Castillo. "This was their entry point here," he added, pointing to an opening in the ceiling and a yellow step ladder.
Police said one of the crooks came through the back of the store and cut his way inside from the ceiling. The burglar then opened a side door leading to a long narrow hallway to let in his accomplices. They exited through the same door after ransacking the store.
The perpetrators cut through a concrete steel safe, which suggests the burglary took hours to execute. Before leaving, the bandits also took the hard drive that stored the surveillance camera footage.
Police told Castillo the burglars were no amateurs. "They said they're professionals," Castillo said.
The store owner said it will take years for his business to recuperate from this burglary. "I'm going to go through a rough time now," Castillo said. "Hopefully we'll get through it, but it's 14 years down the drain."
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