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Police: Duluth jewelry burglaries may be related

Gwinnett County Police are looking for this man, captured in surveillance images during a jewelry burglary in Duluth.

Gwinnett County Police are looking for this man, captured in surveillance images during a jewelry burglary in Duluth.

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Gwinnett County Police are looking for this man, captured in surveillance images during a jewelry burglary in Duluth.

DULUTH — The same burglar may have hit multiple jewelry stores in Duluth since May, including one store twice. During one of the heists, police believe he may have left a beer behind.

In each instance, the burglar used rocks or a cinder block to shatter the glass front door. Gwinnett County Police have obtained two surveillance photos, and the Burglary Unit is investigating the possibility the suspect may be the same person, Cpl. Ed Ritter said.

The incidents happened on May 31 and July 15 at Jongs Jewelry at 3751 Satellite Blvd., and July 15 at the Shane Company at 3300 Steve Reynolds Blvd, which are less than a mile apart. Though the break-in at the Shane Company, which caused officers to arrive at about 3:30 a.m., didn’t include a report about stolen merchandise.

In a police incident report, the responding officer wrote that the July 15 burglary at Jongs Jewelry happened at 2:52 a.m. and lasted less than three minutes, as a surveillance system recorded what appeared to be a black man with a medium build and thin mustache. It appeared to be the same person who was the suspect in the May 31 incident at Jongs Jewelry.

That incident happened at about 5:40 a.m. when an alarm alerted police.

In that case, the officer wrote that a cold, 12-ounce can of Natural Ice beer was found on a glass case, where beer was spilled and jewelry found on the floor. The owners told police they didn’t have beer, “so it must have been brought in by the suspect,” the officer wrote.

More than $5,000 in merchandise was reported stolen from Jongs Jewelry.