Jewellers hit by thieves at St Marys Village

"You're always mindful of the safety of your staff and your own safety," Doves Jewellers manager Tony Sarasola said. Picture: Heath Parkes-Hupton

"You're always mindful of the safety of your staff and your own safety," Doves Jewellers manager Tony Sarasola said. Picture: Heath Parkes-Hupton

Jewellery store owners at St Marys Village are counting the costs of two robberies within the space of a week.

Thieves broke their way into the centre about 2.30am this morning and smashed in the windows of Doves Jewellers with a sledge hammer.

“The bulk of our stock is actually taken out at night and put into safes,” store manager Tony Sarasola said.

“But it would still be several thousand dollars worth.”

Two men broke into the centre on Tuesday and Thursday. Picture: NSW Police

Two men broke into the centre on Tuesday and Thursday. Picture: NSW Police

Only two days earlier, Yona Jewellers – located across the hall from Mr Sarasola’s store – was also targeted by thieves.

“They smashed the windows and took watches, gold and rings,” manager Akram Ofy said.

“We still don’t know how much we lost.”

Mr Ofy said it was the first time his store had been broken into.

“We used to be in Liverpool for 15 years, no one every stole as much as a hoop earring,” he said.

The thieves used a sledge hammer to break though the front doors of St Marys Village before making for Doves Jewellers. Picture: Heath Parkes-Hupton

The thieves used a sledge hammer to break though the front doors of St Marys Village before making for Doves Jewellers. Picture: Heath Parkes-Hupton

Both robberies were captured on CCTV.

Footage shows two men with covered faces smash their way into the shopping centre about 3.45am on Tuesday and 2.30am on Thursday.

On both occasions they used hammers to break through the front doors before shattering glass display cases at the jewellery stores.

They were last seen fleeing on a black motorcycle towards Charles Hackett Drive.

Mr Sarasola has managed his store since the centre opened in 1986. He said there had only been two incidents during that period.

Tony Sarasola said he wasn't fearful of being targeted again. Picture: Heath Parkes-Hupton

Tony Sarasola said he wasn't fearful of being targeted again. Picture: Heath Parkes-Hupton

“But what is concerning is when you get this sort of frequency,” he said. “That jeweller and this jeweller within two days.

“Unfortunately it’s an increasingly common occurrence in jewellery stores across the country.

“It’s probably getting to a situation where jewellers will have everything in cubic zirconias and simulated stones, and only make up the jewellery when someone pays for it.”

Anyone with information should contact St Marys police, 9677 7499, or Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.

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