Thieves break into jewelry store through roof in Melbourne heist

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MELBOURNE, Fla. —

A jewelry store in a popular Brevard County mall was the target of thieves early Friday morning.

Melbourne police said they believe the burglars cut a hole in the mall's roof to gain access to Reeds Jewelers.

"(It) looked like there was a break-in in there. Everything was covered and they had gates down on the store," said mall customer Michael Wright.

Surveillance video shows two men prying open a glass case and filling bags with jewelry.

Investigators said the burglary it happened around 5 a.m.

Police said the crooks had specific targets, and left a lot of other jewelry untouched.
   
"It was Reeds Jewelry store, " said Melbourne Police Sgt. Sheridan Shelley. "It's higher end merchandise."

Investigators said they don't know how many people were involved in the heist.

Police said there is no ladder that offers access to the mall roof, but they did find a rope on scene.

Police did not say what the value of the stolen jewelry was, other than to say it was worth thousands of dollars.

Anyone with information is asked to call Central Florida Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).