PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Port St. Lucie Police are looking for clues into two similar crimes involving jewelry stores.
The first crime happened in July at Jay's Fine Jewelry, according to police. Sgt. Frank Sabol says criminals cut a hole into the roof of the building to break in, yet nothing was stolen.
The next crime happened earlier this week. Over the weekend, police say criminals broke into an empty office space off Saint Lucie West Boulevard. Investigators say the criminals dug a hole in the wall, leading into the business next door, LSO Jewelry. "They took some time, probably doing surveillance on it, trying to figure out how to get in there," Sgt. Sabol says. Detectives say a panel was missing from the ceiling as well. "They went through a lot of effort, and they got away with nothing," Sabol adds.
Police say the criminals didn't steal anything from LSO Jewelry. "We don't know if they're trying to set it up to come back later or if it's a foiled attempt or what's going on with this," Sabol tells us.
The store's owner, Stan Oprysk, first realized something was wrong on Monday when he went into the back of the store to grab a water. He says he thought there was a mirror on the wall, but didn't remember putting it there. Oprysk says, "When did I put this mirror here? So I put my hand in it and the next thing I know I'm reaching into the next building."
Oprysk says he has plenty of security measures in use to protect himself from criminals. As for police, they're asking for help finding out who may be behind the two crimes. It's unclear yet if they're linked or separate incidents. If you know anything about the crimes, call the Port St. Lucie Police Department at 772-871-5001 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS