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Man Wanted For Billerica Valentine’s Day Jewelry Heist

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Police are looking for this suspect in a jewelry heist at a Billerica store.

Police are looking for this suspect in a jewelry heist at a Billerica store.

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BILLERICA (CBS) – A heartless Valentine’s Day robbery has police looking for a man who pocketed a tray full of diamond and gold rings from a Billerica coin and collectable shop.

“He just took a tray full of rings and walked right out. I knew immediately that something was up,” store owner Charles Holman told WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith.

Holman says the man had been browsing the store for about 45 minutes and he had just finished showing the guy a bunch of items in the jewelry case.

“I had just shown him a hundred things and just happened to walk away,” he said.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports

Holman says he made the mistake of leaving the case unlocked.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mary Blake reports

That’s when the man reached over and grabbed a tray of jewelry that could be worth up to $35,000.

Holman hopes sharp surveillance video images will help police crack the case.

“You always get a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when something of yours is taken. It doesn’t matter if it’s at your house or your pocket, whatever it may be,” Holman said.

The robber is described as a white man around 40 years old and around 230 pounds. He was driving an early 2000s Hyundai Elantra.

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