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Ogden jeweler hit by a crash-and-grab

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Ogden police are searching for the people behind a brazen Christmas Day jewelry store heist.

About 1 a.m. Thursday, police were notified of an alarm at Richards Manufacturing Jewelers outside the Newgate Mall, 202 W. 36th St. By the time officers arrived, they could see that a vehicle had apparently driven into the business in a smash-and-grab burglary.

"Inside the business there were 120 items stolen," Ogden Police Lt. Scott Sangberg told the Deseret News. "Necklaces, rings, watches, all kinds of easy-to-grab stuff."

Surveillance video taken from the mall nearby revealed to investigators that it was at least a two-man job. The video showed someone in a Chevrolet El Camino was acting as lookout while a black vehicle rammed into the business.

"It's got a white roof with a gold or bronze body. It's in primo condition," Sangberg said of the El Camino.

The make of the black vehicle is unknown because of the snow and darkness, police said.

"You can see some people running around," Sangberg said.

Investigators are being tight-lipped on the jewelry but said it is valued in the tens of thousands of dollars. Damage to the business is estimated around $15,000. Detectives have been called in to pursue leads — including tracking down the El Camino.

"We do have some leads that we're following up on," Sangberg said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Ogden police at 801-629-8221.

E-mail: bwinslow@desnews.com