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Car used in Linds theft was stolen
Video surveillance helped law enforcement identify the vehicle that backed through Linds Jewelry’s front doors last week.
Unfortunately for the Island County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle was reported stolen the day before the jewelry heist March 20 and the suspect is still at large.
A few stills from the Freeland store’s security footage show a person standing at the doors looking in, then moments later a 1980 Toyota Tercel station wagon smashes through the doors. The driver is shown exiting the car door in one of the stills provided by the Sheriff’s Office.
Detective Ed Wallace said the vehicle was stolen from the Clinton park and ride March 19. It was recovered later on South Whidbey, but Wallace declined to release the exact recovery location.
No Linds employees were in the store at the time of the heist.
Pat Koughan, manager at Linds Jewelry, said the theft netted little in the value of stolen jewelry, mostly fake gold chains and gold plated rings used for sizing. More expensive items, including customer-ordered jewelry or those being cleaned, are kept in vaults. The store’s jewelry insurance policy was not invoked because the cost of the lost items was less than the policy’s deductible, Koughan said.
For how little was taken from the store, lots of damage was done. New doors and windows were still out to bid by the store, but repairing the front entrance and the flooring called for the store’s insurance policy to kick in.
The store was last broken into and burglarized in October 2012. In that heist, thieves smashed through the storefront windows, which were replaced with more resilient, laminate windows.