Kay’s Jewelry store in Hinesville was the target of burglars early Friday morning which netted the burglars upwards of a million dollars in stolen jewelry.
According to Hinesville Police Department Detective Tracy Howard, the burglary took place sometime after midnight at the Kay’s Jewelry store located on the 800 block of west Oglethorpe Highway.
Howard said officers from the HPD responded to a call of an alarm going off at the store. When officers arrived on scene they walked around the business saw nothing missing. The responding officer then notified 911 to have the manager of the store come in and reset the alarm and to inspect the store.
According to Howard, the manager was on vacation and was never notified by the call center contracted to monitor the business, nor was any other employee notified of the alarm. It wasn’t until Friday morning around 10 a.m. when employees arrived they discovered a hole in the roof and the safe broken into.
Howard said the contents of the safe was emptied out. The criminal investigation is looking into similar cases which may have occurred in local jurisdictions and neighboring states. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Hinesville police department at 876-8211