Investigators looking into whether suspected jewelry store thieves are tied to other crimes

Police: suspects caught with burglary tools in car

BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Jared jewelry store on Glades Road in Boca Raton is back open a day after burglars got inside. Alarms attracted police to the scene at 3 a.m. Tuesday. 

Boca Raton officers say a car carrying Gennier Gonzalez, Maykel Hernandez and Yoandry Cueto was stopped leaving the scene. 

"Ski masks were found with just the eyes cut out, sheet metal cutters and a battery operated grinder that would be consistent with cutting metal of a roof to get through," said Boca Raton police spokesperson Mark Economou.

When police got to the back of the store, there was a ladder leaning up against the side, and a whole in the roof.

Electrical lines were cut and the surveillance system had been tampered with. Those details that match other burglary cases across the state. 

"We have received calls from state agencies that have had similar jewelry store break-ins, access gained that way," said Economou.

A similar case outside of Richmond, Virginia where burglars gained access through the roof, have police opening a deeper investigation into the suspects arrested Tuesday. 

"It seems they know what side to drill into to get the best amount of stuff," said Mike Banks.

Banks, a crime expert in Richmond, says these thieves appear to be highly trained. Police sources say they are being investigated for crimes in North Carolina and South Carolina. 

It appears Boca Raton police finally stopped them.

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