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Police searching for man who stole $50,000 worth of jewelry from Gurnee store

Police investigate a theft of $50,000 in jewelry from Helzberg Diamonds in Gurnee Monday morning | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

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.

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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.


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