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SOUTH SALT LAKE — Salt Lake County sheriff's deputies and police were looking today for two teenagers after cash and jewelry were stolen from a safe-deposit box.

"They took an extremely large amount of cash and jewelry," said South Salt Lake officer Darin Sweeten.

The incident began before noon Thursday at a business near 3900 South and 2100 East, Sweeten said. A man who works at the business put his briefcase on top of a file cabinet and forgot about it. When he turned around, the briefcase was gone, Sweeten said.

Inside the briefcase, the man had a key to his safe-deposit box and apparently had information on how to find it, he said.

About 12:30 p.m., two teens, a male and female, walked into Brighton Bank, 93 W. 3300 South, opened the man's safe-deposit box and took cash and jewelry but left valuable stock certificates and bonds, Sweeten said.

The bank apparently failed to ask for any identification from the teenagers before allowing them to the safe-deposit box area, Sweeten said.

The teenagers are believed to have been captured on the bank's video surveillance camera. Investigators are trying to match that with people who were in the business where the theft of the briefcase occurred, Sweeten said.

Detectives believed today the theft was random and not an inside job, he said.

A spokeswoman for Brighton Bank said signatures from the teen and box owner were compared, and a bank employee thought they looked the same. The spokeswoman said the bank's policy forbids individuals from storing cash in safe-deposit boxes.