According to Alpharetta Police Officer George Gordon, the duo hit the 2855 Jordan Court Costco early in the evening on Jan. 2. Upon entering the store, the two black males “went directly to the jewelry display case,” where one pulled out a hammer and shattered the case. The two then fled with “thousands” of dollars worth of jewelry.
Gordon wrote in an email that upon examination of store surveillance camera footage, it appears as if the same men had been in the store earlier in the day scouting out the scene while hiding their faces with their hoodies.
Alpharetta investigators believe the same men may be linked to a similar crime at the Cumberland Mall Costco in Cobb on Jan. 1. In that incident, the men smashed the jewelry case around 7 p.m. and fled with $171,000 worth of merchandise.
In both incidents, the thieves dropped the hammer used in the theft. The duo have yet to be identified by authorities and are considered persons of interest.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact the Alpharetta police tip line at 678-297-6307 or Detective Jakai Braithwaite at 678-297-6322.