CONCORD, Calif. (KRON) — Thieves are now targeting Bay Area coin shops and going to great lengths to break in. Several store owners have spoken out since KRON4 reported last night that a Martinez jewelry store had been robbed. These store owners share similar experiences over the past two months.
A Concord coin shop owner said the thieves got away with nearly $200,000 in inventory.
“It’s a big loss. It’s a lot of money, so it was tough…it kind of breaks you down,” coin shop owner Manny De La Campa said.
De La Campa says he’s been struggling to recover since thieves – seen in this surveillance photo with their getaway vehicles – broke into his store, known as US Coins and Jewelry in Concord, and stole nearly $200,000 in inventory as of mid-April.
De La Campa says the burglars took a handful of other items and also caused thousands of damage.
They had broken into the front gate, the main door, then the cage. They opened the safe.
Another thing that many other Bay Area coin shops have also experienced over the past couple of months is a group of jewelry thieves who use fast cars and come in and out right away, using chains, hooks, big trucks and crowbars.
Video shows two suspects breaking into the Martinez Coin & Jewelry Exchange.
New surveillance video from an Oakland coin store shows another group of suspects using a U-Haul truck to break down the store’s gate and doors to gain access.
The owner of this store says the thieves got away with about $20,000 in merchandise and caused $90,000 in damage.
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There is no recourse. no one is doing anything about it
De La Campa and other landlords are now speaking out to get the attention of their city leaders to do something about the rampant high-end burglaries.