A man stole jewelry worth $50,000 during a consultation with a sales associate at a Gurnee jewelry store Monday morning, police said.
The Gurnee Police Department responded around 10:55 a.m. Monday to Helzberg Diamonds, 6557 Grand Avenue, for a report of a retail theft.
Gurnee Police Department Public Information Officer Shawn Gaylor said that a male subject entered the store and requested to see jewelry from the display case.
The man took the merchandise, estimated to be worth $50,000, and ran from the store during the consultation with a sales associate, Gaylor said. The man did not make any threats to the employees and there were no signs of a weapon.
Officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter while a Lake County Sheriff’s Office canine unit responded to assist with tracking the suspect. Police ultimately determined that the suspect left in a vehicle, Gaylor said.
The suspect is described as a black male wearing a tan hat, tan Carhartt jacket, blue jeans and tan shoes. He is missing a front upper left tooth.
Investigators are actively working the case and request anyone with information to contact the Gurnee Police Department at 847-599-7000.