Thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry were stolen from Harbin Jewelry Store in Ozark early Monday morning. But the amazing thing is, the steps that were taken to get it.
The last time someone made off with cash in Ozark, it was a matter of $50 dollars, stolen from a hotel.
This time, the robbery was a well-coordinated plan by several individuals, to get in and out of the store with exactly what they wanted.
The Harbin Jewelry Store burglary on Monday night was reminiscent of something you'd see in theatres, masked men cutting a hole in the ceiling and the safe.
Angela Gore, who works near Harbin, said, "There's not been a whole lot of crime in Ozark and something this big is really eerie and gives a bad feeling."
Local Hairstylist Heather Martin said, "Being a business owner here and not knowing whatever could happen, especially being a jewelry store, they have all that tight security and everything. If that could happen to them, anything could happen to us."
So, what did happen to the security system? The system installed and maintained by Harris Security featured motion sensors, infrared, and broken glass sensors, but none of that was effective as the alarms were cut before the break-in.
Ozark Police Deputy Chief Myron Williams said, "From 10:30 at night to 2:30-3:00 in the morning; that's the time frame when the alarm system was disabled and the people entered the store and were able to get into the safe."
The near 2,000-pound safe was melted open, causing a fire inside of it. The suspects used 11 gallons of water to put the fire out. Then, moved on to the rest of the store before they made their exit.
One might wonder how hard it is to get on the roof. With the equipment required to destroy the safe inside the store, the criminals could have gotten onto air conditioner units located on the premises, allowing them to get on the roof with relative ease, where they were able to get into the store and do their damage.
There was actually a security camera behind the store pointed at the roof, but that too was disabled.
An interesting thing about this crime is the fact that there was a safe right next to the other one that was left untouched, and the hole in the roof was little more than five-feet away from the busted safe.
Also, from the looks of things, this undertaking took some serious planning, but police are hopeful some surveillance video will incriminate someone.
There is currently a $500 dollar reward for information leading to an arrest, but police say that reward may soon be increased.