ANOKA, Minn. (WCCO) — Surveillance cameras caught video of an overnight break-in at a Wayzata jewelry store, a burglary now linked to two other jewelry heists.

The security cameras show one of the burglars banging away at a display case, struggling to get in. The four thieves still got three showcases full of stuff, but it could have been even worse.

“It’s scary. You feel violated,” said Chris Graham, who bought the store now called Graham Jewelers eight years ago. “You feel that you work so hard to do things right, and you just feel kicked.”

Around 3: a.m., the thieves broke through a front window and broke into the display cases.

“Over here, they got diamond earrings, pendants and bracelets,” he said. “Over here, they got some collections of 24 carat jewelry.”

anoka jewelry robbery 2 Police: Jewelry Stores Burglarized In Wayzata, Anoka

(credit: Anoka Police)

The most expensive merchandise was locked in a back vault, but they’re doing a full inventory to figure out how much was lost.

Security video shows how quickly the thieves moved in and how the safety glass slowed them down.

“You can see him try and smash the glass,” said Graham, while watching the video,” and he’s not really getting in so well.”

The burglar actually needed to come back with something hard to finally break the glass, and even then, had to reach in through a small hole in the top, slowing him down while his partners raided two other cases.

“I’ve never seen safety glass like that,” said Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold. “So that slowed them down.  But they were will in and out in an awful big hurry.”

They were in the store for two minutes, and police arrived one minute later.

Police said they believe the suspects are also connected to the burglary of another Anoka business back on Dec. 11, 2011. Two jewelry stores in Wayzata were also burglarized last November and on Thursday. Wayzata Police said they believe the same group is involved in all of the incidents.

Anyone with information about the incidents or who can identify the suspects is asked to call Anoka Police at (763) 576-2817.

Comments (13)
  1. Kevin says:

    No way! Are you sure? Blacks? Oh for the love of God! Are you sure?

    1. Chigger Swatter says:

      are Somolians and blacks one and the same in your mind? If not I beg to differ on your comment. That is an immigrant I fret, fear and do not like. Just being honest

    2. iRISHKING says:

      Excellent comment!!! True and factual. Thank You!!!

    3. Ben Dover says:

      I know I’d want to work in a place where unstable co-workers are busy “reloading.”

      1. Ben Dover says:

        Now try it in English skippy.

  2. Kevin says:

    “They” really jody? Really? What a racist….

  3. Sonjay says:

    Lolz they were there the day before. Can’t fix stupid. Problem is monkey see monkey do.

  4. Doesn’t surprise me with gold being soo high and easy to get rid of.

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  5. j speedbag 64 says:

    looks like the kkk is alive and well here….holy cripes any reason to rip the dark skinned people….every race robs steals and kills

    1. Center of left and right says:

      Not the KKK, the KKK tortured and hung people based soley on the color of their skin. So far I have not heard of one of these theives being hung. If you have failed to notice, WCCO changed the picture over night. Yesterday it showed three black males and a black female, today they have whites in the picture. Did you also fail to notice that WCCO will not mention race if it is blacks that committed the crime? In our open culture and enlightened times it is pretty sad that we can not talk about the color of the skin of the subjectsonly when they are minorities, but if they are white, we get a full desription.

  6. Aaron says:

    Jesus christ so much ignorance and racism and just plain idiocy… Is there a moderator that can delete this non intelligent garbage from here? Yes they are seemingly African American that can be stated. Still all the racist comments need to stop. SERIOUSLY… this is horrendous!

    1. just sayin says:

      Maybe if “they” stopped causing problems for everyone else people would quit making comments, until then it will never happen! Grow up!

    2. Chigger .44 Stoppers says:

      I don’t think Jesus Christ would appreciate the manner in which you are addressing him now, do you?

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