ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - Roswell police are on the hunt for jewelry thieves who hit the jackpot.
They made off with $75,000 of loot in a heist at the mall after nearly cleaning out the store.
Broken glass and empty jewelry cases are all that's left at Martin's Jewelry and Gift Store after burglars stole almost 300 pieces of jewelry early Wednesday morning.
"They went through all the cases they took all the jewelry out and all the little boxes they threw them on the floor," said Martin's store owner James Martin.
Martin has worked in retail for 40 years and said he was in disbelief when he got to work Wednesday.
"It was hard to believe because all the boxes, all the little ring, earring, pendant boxes, were all over the floor and all the paper work from my desk was thrown all over my office," said Martin.
Now, one day later, the mess is cleaned up, but eight jewelry cases that once were filled with watches, rings and gold chains are bare.
"They are very high-dollar amount that could be one reason they could try to sell them elsewhere," said Roswell Police Information Liaison Sabrina Morales.
But Martin said he's not giving up hope. He said he plans to rearrange the store, get more jewelry and do the best he can to continue on.
Roswell police would not say how the burglars got inside the store.
Mall management said this was an isolated incident and it's the first break-in they are aware of in the past four years.
There were no surveillance cameras in the store.
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