Sarasota Police looking for two suspects who stole more than $50,000 in jewelry and coins

Posted at 12:54 PM, Apr 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-03 19:38:38-04

Sarasota Police are looking for two suspects who stole $50,000 to $100,000 in jewelry and coins.

It happened at Estate Coin and Jewelry Galleria at 1650 Main St. in Sarasota last week.

According to detectives, the suspects may have scoped out Estate Coin and Jewelry Galleria and Milans Jewelry the day before the burglary. The two jewelry stores are a few doors down from one another.

Milans Jewelry Manager, Lisa Wolfgang, said she remembers seeing a man and a woman inside the store that afternoon.

"Nothing stood out. They're just another couple. You know, we get couples in here all the time," Wolfgang said.

The Sarasota Police Department provided surveillance video of a man and a woman caught on camera walking into and leaving Milans Jewelry store. Authorities said they suspect that man and women then broke into Estate Coin and Jewelry Galleria Thursday March 29 at 1:30 a.m.

"It's like a hurricane. There's an aftermath to anything like this that happens. It’s like the storm blowing through than you have to deal with insurance. Then you have to deal with putting your life together, (and) getting your store put back together," Wolfgang said.

Police said the reason they believe the same people, who were on surveillance video at Milans Jewelry, were the people who broke into Estate Coin and Jewelry Galleria, is because of a long braid caught on both store surveillance cameras.

"I don’t think this will keep people away {from downtown}. No. Sarasota is a very safe city. We feel safe here," Wolfgang said. 

Anyone with information on the people seen in the surveillance video are asked to call Detective Luciano at (941) 363-5827.

ABC Action News spoke with the owner of Estate Coin and Jewelry Galleria. She said she is moving forward even though two crooks broke into her store. She has reopened the store after the burglary.