Reward offered in 'smash and grab' burglary

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Moffat County Crime Stoppers is seeking information from citizens to assist an investigation of a burglary of a Craig jewelry store.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 28, Kester's Jewelry was hit by what law enforcement officers call a "smash and grab" burglary.

The burglar or burglars broke a hole in one of the store's front windows, reached through the hole and stole several items of jewelry, according to Craig Police Lt. John Forgay, who is investigating the case.

Forgay and the owner of the store declined to specify the amount of the theft, except to say it was a "high-dollar" crime with losses in the "thousands."

Evidence was found at the scene, and police are pursuing leads, but they're hoping input from citizens may help them crack the case.

Forgay admits police can't solve crimes alone; they can't be everywhere at once. It's likely someone knows details that may further the investigation, "but some people wait until we come around questioning," Forgay said.

Any information might be helpful, because it might complete another "piece of the puzzle" and lead to an arrest in the case, said Craig Police Sgt. Bill Leonard.

"It just might be the piece we need," Leonard said.

Citizens with information about the burglary or any other crime can call Crime Stoppers at 824-3535.

The telephone line does not have caller ID, and all callers will remain anonymous. Those who call Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a cash reward if the information provided leads to charges or an arrest. People who offer tips can later claim prizes by presenting the random number they were issued at the time of the call.

"We find a way to get them the money without them being identified," Leonard said.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com.

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