Kay’s Jewelry store in Hinesville was the target of burglars early Friday morning and according to Hinesville Police the thieves made off with jewelry worth up to one million dollars.
According to Hinesville Police Detective, Tracy Howard the burglary took place sometime after midnight at the Kay’s Jewelry store located on the 800 block of west Oglethorpe Highway.
Howard said, officers from the Hinesville police department responded to a call of an alarm going off at the store. When officers arrived on scene they walked around the business and looked inside through the plate glass windows and saw nothing amiss.
The responding officer notified 911 to have the manager of the store come in and reset the alarm and to inspect the store. According to Howard the manager, who was on vacation, was never notified by the call center contracted to monitor the business, nor was any other employee notified of the alarm. It wasn’t until 10 a.m. Friday morning, when employees arrived, that they discovered a hole in the roof and the safe broken into.
Howard said the safe had been emptied. Investigators are looking into similar cases which may have occurred in local jurisdictions and neighboring states.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Hinesville Police Department at 876-8211