PASO ROBLES – A group of thieves struck Siegel’s Jewelry Story some time between 4:30 and 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Paso Robles Police Department responded at approximately 6:30 p.m. to Siegel’s Jewelry Store, located at 739 12th Street in Paso Robles.
According to the store’s owners, Ken and Kris Siegel, six individuals entered the store shortly before closing. The individuals distracted employees while simultaneously stealing an undisclosed amount of jewelry.
The organized group of thieves appears to be responsible for a series of similar burglaries throughout California. Paso Robles Police Department is working with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to apprehend the suspects, working with affected jurisdictions in sharing information and coordination of investigative leads.
The same group reportedly hit a jewelry store in Glendale on June 15, 2017, at approximately 6:15 p.m. the team of thieves perpetrated a distraction theft. Two of the suspects approached the owner as the business was closing and asked to make a quick purchase. The owner allowed the suspects, which consisted of five women and one man to enter the store. One woman bought jewelry, while the others asked if they could look at and try on merchandise. While the suspects distracted employees, one of the women went behind the counter and took jewelry from an open safe and concealed it in the pocket of her skirt. Those suspects spoke with an unknown accent.
In another incident, six suspects distracted the owner while a seventh suspect crawled under the counter and stole approximately $130,000 in jewelry and $20,000 in cash from the safe. Similar thefts were also reported in Alexandria, Wash. and Lancaster, Penn. and just last week in Santa Cruz County.
The suspects are described as a “Middle Eastern” male adult in his mid-20s wearing a white fedora hat, blue jeans, a blue jean jacket and black shirt. Two middle-aged “Middle Eastern” female adults were also involved — one female adult was reportedly wearing a green fur jacket and the other was wearing a black shawl and scarf — along with three females in their late 20s or 30s. One woman was described as wearing a green sweatshirt, black hood, and a scarf. Another was wearing white pants with a floral colored shirt. The third female was wearing a black shawl, white tank top, black dress and was possibly pregnant.
The suspects are possibly driving a white 2004 Toyota Sienna, California license plate #7DLJ311.
Through an email, owners Ken and Kris Siegel asked that if anyone can identify the individuals in the footage to please call the police immediately.
Anyone with information about this or similar crimes should contact PRPD Detective Nick Stanberry at 805-227-7459 or persons wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers' 24-hour hotline at 549- STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS” plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).