A break-in and theft Saturday morning, targeting a Sherwood Park jewelry store has left the store owners with more than just the cost of the stolen goods.
The two robbers, who used a hammer and metal bar to enter Beck Antiques and Jewelry store, “got away with an undetermined amount of collector coins and antique currency,” according to RCMP.
The cost to repair the damages caused during the break-in are likely to cost more than the value of the stolen goods, police said.
“We lost quite a selection of antique bills and currencies from Canada, from the early 1900s to 1950s. Then we also lost a very rare coin card bill from the 1800s,” explained the store’s founder Clinton Beck.
He said the items will stand out amongst other collectibles, especially since the store is one of the last to collect and carry those specific types of items.
Beck said it’s unfortunate that they now need to repair a main window and a display case — that was broken during the robbery — during the busy holiday season.
The cost of the stolen items is still being tallied, Beck said, but the lost amount is likely close to $15,000.
The store, of which there are several locations across the Edmonton area and central Alberta, has experienced about 20 robberies over its 35 years in business. But the support they’re receiving from the community has been “shocking,” Beck said.
Police described both thieves as males with gloves on. One wore a black jacket with the hood up and the other wore a grey sweater with a face mask.
Police ask that anyone with any information about the theft contact Sherwood Park RCMP at 780-467-7741 or Crime Stoppers.