By Elizabeth Hur
CAPE MAY, N.J., (CBS) — A daring theft down the shore – police are searching for a couple who stole nearly $100,000 worth of rings from a jewelry store.
The two were caught on tape and the video shows the couple had help pulling off the heist at Artisans Alcove in Cape May.
“Oh, he was off his toes. His feet were dangling in the air,” Pat Raspa recalled, “I was angry at myself, I felt like a fool and I was sick to my stomach. I knew they were some of the best rings in the store.”
It happened Thursday afternoon shortly after the owner, William Scott, had stepped out to attend his daughter’s softball game. For Scott, there is no doubt in his mind this was the work of professional thieves.
“They knew what they were doing, they bypassed the Rolex and grabbed the diamonds,” Scott said.
Store manager, Raspa recalled, “This nice couple came in, well dressed. They wanted to look at some jewelry and three more individuals entered the building. The woman looked at me and said, ‘Go help them because we’re going to just look around.’ They, the three of them, were way taller than me blocking my view of the store and that’s when the gentleman was going over the counter and taking out the rings.”
In all, we’re told the thieves got away with two ring cases containing 30 rings, some diamond engagement rings.
“These are just things, they can be replaced. The good thing is no one was hurt and Pat is OK. We actually thought about it afterwards, if she had seen something and confronted them, she probably would have been assaulted,” Scott said.
Scott is now hoping, by releasing the video, someone will recognize them and the suspects will be caught and no one else will be victimized.
Anyone with information is asked to call Cape May police.