ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Two men are "persons of interest" after a series of smash and grab thefts at metro-area Costco stores.
Alpharetta Police released photos and video footage of two men sought in the Jan. 2 robbery of the Windward Parkway Costco in Alpharetta.
Two men in the photos are seen entering the store at 11 a.m. and looking at the jewelry cases. They then leave. At 7:40 p.m., two men police suspect are the same from earlier enter the store and, using a hammer, smash the display cases and place jewels into a bag before fleeing on foot. They fled with several thousand dollars' worth of jewelry.
"In less than 10 seconds, the Crime was over," said George Gordon, spokesman for Alpharetta Department of Public Safety.
Investigators found the hammer suspected of use in the crime.
Despite the footage and the hammer, there is little to go on. Because of this, police are seeking the public's help identifying the men. Gordon stressed the men are not suspects yet but "persons of interest."
"Once we identify them, then the investigation moves forward. We will determine if the persons of interest in the photos taken by cameras earlier in the day are the same suspects filmed breaking into the jewelry displays. We need the public to identify these men," Gordon said.
Gordon said police are investigating a similar incident with similar suspects at the Costco store near Cumberland Mall.
Police are looking into incidents at other retailers for possible connections as well.
Anyone with information can call in a tip at 678-297-6307. Tips can be anonymous.