Police seek suspect who stole $150K in jewelry from Montgomery Co. mall (Video)

WASHINGTON – A man broke into a store in the Westfield Wheaton mall last month and stole thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry, and on Thursday, police asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.

On May 21, at about 3:15 a.m., a suspect broke into the JCPenny at Westfield Wheaton mall, 11160 Viers Mill Rd., and stole jewelry valued at $150,000. The burglary was caught on surveillance camera and Montgomery County police are using it to help identify the man.

The suspect in JCPenny burglary. (Courtesy Montgomery County police)

The man threw rocks to break the glass on JCPenny’s third floor exterior door. The suspect then broke the glass of two jewelry display cases and stole all of the jewelry inside the cases.

The suspect fled the scene less than 10 after he entered the store, police said.

Police said the man had been in the mall earlier that day during normal business hours. Police used images from his time in the mall earlier in the day to help identify him.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about this burglary is asked to contact the 4th District Investigative Section at 240-773-5530.

Below is a map with the location of the crime:

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct theft amount in the headline.

Sarah Beth Hensley

Sarah Beth Hensley is the Digital News Director at WTOP. She has worked several different roles since she began with WTOP in 2013 and has contributed to award-winning stories and coverage on the website.

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