By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (CBS) – Police in Portsmouth New Hampshire are trying to solve a million-dollar jewelry heist.

Bellman Jewelers in Portsmouth is closed up, while police try to find out who stole around a million dollars worth of jewelry from the store.

“We were horrified.  Nothing like this has ever happened to us before,” says store owner David Bellman.

He said it happened sometime between Saturday night and Tuesday morning; employees reported it when they opened up the store.

Captain Corey MacDonald said the city hasn’t seen a heist this size in more than a decade.  There were no obvious signs of a break-in.  MacDonald said they didn’t get an alarm notification at the police department.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports.

Bellman says it looks like the thieves knew what they were doing.  “They certainly weren’t amateurs, they weren’t kids.  Kids will break things, smash windows. These guys had an idea.  I’m sure it wasn’t their first time.”

Bellman Jewelers has been voted New Hampshire’s Best Jeweler three years in a row.  The Portsmouth store plans to reopen next week.

Police are now bringing in federal help with the case.  Anyone with information is asked to call Portsmouth Police.

Comments (2)
  1. Denise says:

    Good luck! Atleast they’re bringing in extra help… I know someone that had about 60k of jewelry stolen (and a trap gun) – 3 years later they found someone wearing one of the pieces (luckily they got it back) – taking pictures of your jewelry is a good thing! You would think they would have heard more about the “follow up” w/ the person wearing the jewelry – if she had more – where she got it… or wear the boyfriend go it! nope… and if the girl actually had more of the jewelry – she’s probably dumped it now! Gotta love those mail in jewelry thieves!

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