JAMES CITY — Police believe thieves who stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from a home in Colonial Heritage last week knew what they were looking for.
The 76-year-old victim reported assorted jewelry valued at $40,000-$50,000 was stolen June 5, according to Maj. Stephen Rubino with James City Police.
He said someone forced entry through the front door of the home in the 4000 block of Gunlock Road between 12:50 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Rubino believes the thieves may have been in the home before and said it's possible they had previously done work inside the home.
The jewelry was only taken from the master bedroom and the costume jewelry was left behind, Rubino noted.
Nothing else was tampered with at the residence.
Tips to keep your jewelry safe:
- Put jewelry in a safe and secure your safe to the floor. Bolt it down so someone doesn't take your safe.
- Take photos of your jewelry.
- You can also etch numbers into electronics to help identify them.
JCC police offers home security assessments. Crime prevention officers will inspect your home to find ways to make it safer.
"We know criminals are opportunistic," Stephanie Williams-Ortery, JCC police spokeswoman said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.