Originally Published: August 29, 2018 5:45 p.m.
Officials are seeking the identity of two men who were captured on surveillance video stealing jewelry from a business in Chino Valley.
The men entered the jewelry shop, located in the 300 block of Butterfield Road, on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at about 10:45 a.m., according to a Chino Valley Police Department (CVPD) news release.
The pair pretended to be legitimate customers and then worked together to commit the theft without the jeweler being aware of what was happening.
As can be seen on the surveillance footage, the pair entered the establishment and walked around until they were the only customers left in the store. One of the men then distracted the jeweler while the other man reached around the counter and stole $4,000 worth of rings, CVPD reported.
The brazen suspect then turned around and stuffed the rings into his pants to further conceal them. Both men then left the store quickly after.
“This type of crime often goes undetected and unnoticed, but due to large volume of items taken the owner was able to review the surveillance cameras and contact police,” said CVPD spokesperson Vince Schaan.
A cash reward is being offered to anyone who can identify the men and provide information that leads to their arrest. Exactly how much the reward is will depend on the information provided to the police, Schaan said.
“We are sharing this video knowing someone out there knows who these two are,” Schaan said. “You can get money for doing what is right, which is telling us who these two are. Help your pocket book, help the police and help your community. This creates a win-win situation for everyone, except the two suspects, but we are ok with that setup.”
To report information, call the Chino Valley Police Department at 928-771-3260. To remain anonymous, call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.