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Nov 29, 2016 12:32 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Man Steals $20,000 Necklace From Southampton Village Jewelry Store In Smash-And-Grab

Nov 30, 2016 10:30 AM

An unidentified man smashed through the back of a display case at Rose Jewelers in Southampton Village and grabbed a necklace valued at $20,000 before fleeing the store by bicycle on Monday afternoon.

At approximately 4:32 p.m., the man walked into the jewelry store on Main Street and was greeted by two female employees who were behind the cash register. The suspect quickly walked past the employees and into store owner Jan Rose’s office—an occurrence that employees said is normal for her friends and even some customers to do.

But Ms. Rose said the man appeared surprised to find her inside the office.

“I think I caught him off guard,” Ms. Rose said Tuesday. “From the outside, he wouldn't have known I was in there.”

From inside her office, Ms. Rose said, she has access to a small door that connects to a window jewelry display case. The suspect went into Ms. Rose’s office and—though startled by her presence—took out a hammer and a razor and broke the glass of the door. He then reached into the window and took a diamond tennis necklace. Then, the man ran back out through the front door, dropped the hammer and razor, and left on a bicycle.

“I’m grateful nobody was hurt,” Ms. Rose said. “It was a little scary. It’s a very small space where he came into my office—I don’t think he expected anyone to be in there.”

According to store manager Deborah Lapiana, the store has video footage of the suspect walking outside the store several times earlier Monday.

Ms. Rose said she was working with Southampton Village Police to find the man. He was identified as a white male between 5 feet 7 inches tall and 6 feet tall, balding, and was wearing a white sweatshirt, blue jeans, winter gloves and a dark-colored beanie at the time of the theft.

Anyone with information on the investigation is requested to contact Southampton Village Police. Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison, who is investigating the incident, could not be immediately reached for additional information.

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nice haul.
By adkvkdiesldkrive (9), southampton on Nov 29, 16 2:52 PM
Time to upgrade those cameras to HD?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Nov 29, 16 10:18 PM
" fleeing by bicycle" in the afternoon. While the Police have beefed up cars,sirens etc, Good God!
By Bob Fraser (4), South Jamesport, on Nov 30, 16 7:11 AM
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Store owners should be armed
By LovinLife (61), East Quogue on Dec 2, 16 7:42 AM
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not really sure that you can or should kill / seriously injure someone just for stealing. Seems pretty risky too in that you might hit a co-worker or a customer or a baby in a stroller on the street. Also, we have a system in place for prosecuting criminals, it is frowned upon to just take the law into one's own hands.

I think. But who knows.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (741), southampton on Dec 2, 16 12:30 PM
Arming yourself is not taking the law into your own hands. Self defense is a right. If more store owners were armed and trained properly, criminals would think twice about robbing them. I would love to see the evidence of lawfully armed store owners accidentally shooting a coworker or child on the sidewalk.

Btw, in order to prosecute the criminal you must first catch the criminal.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Dec 4, 16 2:45 PM
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It should be an option open to them if they choose, but not mandatory. The Authorities sometimes have been overly restrictive in issuance of pistol permits, and other times I'm aware of have issued carry permits - not premises permits - to people that in practical terms did not need them, and should not have been allowed to carry guns. Politics and personal relationships come into play in these decisions.
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on Dec 4, 16 5:39 PM
Funbeer, what in your opinion constitutes denying a carry permit for a law abiding citizen?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Dec 5, 16 10:08 PM
Some are armed, which ones???
By knitter (1907), Southampton on Dec 2, 16 9:44 AM
Perfect opportunity for a SKI-MASK?!?
By saggguy (20), SAGAPONACK on Dec 4, 16 8:47 PM
And how was he allowed on Main Street riding a bicycle? I believe that is still illegal.
By jeannealicia (1), southampton on Dec 4, 16 10:21 PM
There's an alley right next to Rose Jewelers , it leads to the parking lot back of town . You can get around on a bike .
By AndersEn (173), Southampton on Dec 7, 16 7:17 PM
You don't need to kill someone over a $20,000 priced necklace that was worth closer to $2,000 in reality.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Dec 6, 16 8:23 AM
adljk, why do you think it's not proper to protect your home, family or store? Why is it reasonable for some one to go to your house or store and get a free ride.
A alarm doesn't stop burglary, theft or robbery. It only advises you some one was there. How long does it take to get a officer to the scene? Not long in our village, they can't cover everywhere.
All gun owners should be trained and aware of their surroundings. Not to be taken lightly...
By knitter (1907), Southampton on Dec 8, 16 1:08 PM
I was actually just responding the comment: 'store owners should be armed'

Which to me implied that if the store owner was armed then they could have pointed their gun at this burglar and then by choice or by accident maybe even shoot the person.

I was questioning the legality and usefulness of potentially killing an intended or unintended target over the theft of a piece of property.

What do you think is proper about potentially taking a life over some stolen property? ...more
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (741), southampton on Dec 9, 16 9:13 AM
To quote the NRA: When you have only seconds, the police are only minutes away. Suffolk County issues pistol permits, and rules are strictly adhered to. There are no personal relationships that enter in to it. Please limit your comments to things you know something about. Most gun banners know nothing about guns. If they did educate themselves they would see how responsible gun owners act, and not jump to conclusions.
By Taz (705), East Quogue on Dec 8, 16 1:28 PM
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