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Palmetto Bay Jewelry Store Owner Desperate To Stop Repeat Burglars

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One of three burglars use a brick to smash the glass front door of a Palmetto Bay jewelry during a burglary on Nov. 22, 2012. (Source: Miami-Dade Police Dept.)

One of three burglars use a brick to smash the glass front door of a Palmetto Bay jewelry during a burglary on Nov. 22, 2012. (Source: Miami-Dade Police Dept.)

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MIAMI (CBS4) – Dana Munsey, owner of Rotunda Jewelers, has a had a tough year.

His jewelry store in Palmetto Bay hit not once but three times by burglars.  The latest one happening Thanksgiving morning.

Watching surveillance video he saw exactly how it went down.

“We timed it.  It was just over a minute.  That tells me that they were experienced.  They knew they were coming in for specific things. Then they were out of here.” Munsey said.

In the video you see three men standing out front.  Suddenly they launch something heavy through the front door window.  The piece of metal going through the window was actually a metal cover pulled right off of an electrical box in the sidewalk out front.

Once inside they grab everything in sight, some $5,000 in relatively cheap watches and jewels.

“Thank goodness no one was hurt but these guys shouldn’t be able to do this type of thing.  They should be caught,” Munsey told CBS4’s David Sutta.

In Munsey’s 25 years in business he says he’s never experienced this.  On Cinco de Mayo they were hit.

Mid November hit again.

“They just threw it through the window and took off.” He said.

And then the latest hit Thanksgiving morning, just before Black Friday and the holiday shopping rush.

“I wasn’t happy when I got the call in the middle of the night.  But I was blessed no one was hurt.  Thankful that we are all here.” Munsey explained.

He recorded the damage left behind on the phone. Glass can be seen all over the store front.  Since the break-in he’s taken extra precautions including installing shutters.

“This will not break our Christmas spirit,”  he maintains.

Munsey is hopeful someone seeing this video will recognize something to give Miami-Dade police the tip they need to crack the case.

“Crime Stoppers offers a reward.  I’ll offer an additionally $1000 reward if to anyone who steps forward and helps catch these guys.  Like I said make them pay for their crime and hopefully learn a lesson not to do it again.” He said.

Even if you don’t recognize the burglars perhaps you know someone who suddenly was wearing or selling Seiko and Bulova watches around Thanksgiving, Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers would like to hear from you.  The number is (305) 471-TIPS.

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