Longwood jewelry store had $400,000 worth of goods stolen, owners say

According to Albert Pagan, owner of Certified Jewelry Design off West 434 in Longwood, thieves broke into his building early Monday morning. The store is open despite empty windows. “About $400,000 we lost, and we still have to assess that,” Pagan said. Surveillance video shows two people behind the Longwood building where the jeweler has been for 13 years. , but it is believed the burglars entered through the roof and then forced their way in from a nearby business. “These people are professionals, experienced. Saying they scaled the building, cut right through, cut through the roofs. Crawl into the attic, then cut through a reinforced wall and cut through the vault,” “The way the store is laid out, not a single customer-owned item is missing, but the store’s inventory has been wiped out. The way the store is laid out, you just can’t replace that stuff,” a- he declared. The Longwood Police incident report was blacked out apart from Monday’s date and location. We were told this is because the report is not complete and the investigation is active and ongoing. Even with the financial loss and damage, they have invested too much in their business to wrap it up. “Unfortunately, we won’t have any merchandise for a while, but we’ll be rebuilding to continue with repairing and making jewelry,” Pagan said. The owner says it’s hard to work so hard to build something for thieves to help themselves.

According to Albert Pagan, owner of Certified Jewelry Design off West 434 in Longwood, thieves broke into his building early Monday morning.

The store is open despite the empty windows.

“About $400,000 we lost, and we still have to assess that,” Pagan said.

Surveillance video shows two people behind the Longwood building where the jeweler has been for 13 years.

Video shows a person returning to try a doorknob, but the burglars are believed to have entered through the roof and then forced their way in from a nearby business.

“These people are professionals, experienced. Saying they scaled the building, cut all the way up, cut through the roofs. Crawl through the attic, then cut through a reinforced wall and cut through the vault,” Pagan said.

The way the store is laid out, not a single item belonging to a customer is missing, but the store’s inventory has been wiped out.

“We have handmade designer pieces, I had a dozen pieces that were over $25.00. Rare emeralds, black Tahitian pearls, you just can’t replace that stuff” , did he declare.

The Longwood Police incident report has been blacked out except for the date and location on Monday. We were told this was because the report was not complete and the investigation was active and ongoing.

Even with the financial loss and damage, they have invested too much in their business to go all out.

“Unfortunately we won’t have merchandise for a while, but we’ll rebuild that and continue with repair and jewelry making,” Pagan said.

The owner says it’s hard to work so hard to build something for thieves to help themselves.