The Columbia Police Department is looking for four suspects accused of swiping diamonds from a local jeweler.
According to Columbia Police spokesperson Jennifer Timmons, the incident occurred around 1 p.m. on June 14.
Investigators think that at least three of the suspects distracted employees at the jewelry store on Broad River Road by pretending to be customers and possibly asking employees to see jewelry.
The distractions, according to authorities, allowed one of the male suspects to walk into restricted area of the store and steal close to $100,000 worth of diamonds from the safe.
The suspect was seen on surveillance video hiding the jewelry tray in his jacket before leaving the store with the other suspects.
Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook is urging citizens with information about this incident. Tipsters could earn a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrests of the suspect.
To submit information, call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC (1-888-274-6372) to submit an anonymous tip. Citizens may also text CRIMES (274637) and mark the beginning of the message with "TIPSC" followed by the tip information or log on to MidlandsCrimeStoppers.com and click on the red "Submit a tip" tab.
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