A SECURITY upgrade is at the top of jewellery store owner Jay Parekh's “to do” list following a break-and-enter in which he lost an estimated $7000 worth of stock.
Police are investigating the burglary at the Springfield Fair shopping centre, in which two people used a large piece of concrete to smash their way into the building about 1.30am yesterday.
After entering through a small hole beside the front doors to the centre, the thieves smashed a glass window at Mr Parekh's jewellery store, reaching in and grabbing $4000 worth of watches and $3000 worth of jewellery from the display stands.
“I usually lock everything away at night – it just happened that I didn't have the time to move a couple of stands on this occasion,” Mr Parekh said.
Among the stolen items were several diamond solitaire rings.
The store was open for business again yesterday, however police still had a small section cordoned off as their inquiries continued.
After hitting the jewellery store, the burglars also took a small amount of cash from a cafe at the shopping centre, which is situated at the corner of Topaz Rd and Springfield Parkway.
It was understood that no alarms were activated by the thieves, which came as a big concern to Mr Parekh, who has operated his jewellery store for three years.
“My alarms are only activated if the front doors are opened – there are no sensors on the glass,” he said.
“Only a few weeks ago I was thinking about upgrading my security. I will definitely be doing that now.
“You live and you learn.”
Police have appealed to members of the public who saw anything suspicious at the time of the burglary to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.