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Men With Hammers Rob Bala Cynwyd Jeweler

No one was injured, police and company officials said.

Five men smashed glass display cases with hammers, grabbed watches and fled the jewelry store in Bala Cynwyd Monday evening, a Lower Merion officer told residents at a civic association meeting Tuesday night.

The men were admitted to the business at Montgomery Avenue and Old Lancaster Road about 5:30 p.m., its daily closing time. Store staff use a door buzzer to screen entrants, Patrolman David Herbst told members of the Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd.

The suspects were in the store only as long as it took to access the merchandise, and they left without further incident to staff and customers.

"Thank God no one was hurt," said Caroline Kallman Joffe, the company's marketing director. She declined further comment on the robbery.

Herbst said no security guard was on duty at closing time Monday. It was not known whether there is surveillance footage of the robbery or detailed witness descriptions of the suspects.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Lower Merion police at 610-649-1000.

lisa January 11, 2012 at 01:01 PM
This is getting out of control. What are the community officials doing about these robberies/break ins/attacks? They seem to be happening on an almost daily basis!
jack marine January 11, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Our Lower Merion police are more interested in issuing traffic violations on Montgomery Avenue than is policing our neighbood business and homes.
Marita Gambescia Gaudini January 11, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I hear that, Jack. I was one of the unfortunate ones pulled into the trap.
Joe McCaffrey January 11, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I saw the LM police respond to the jewlery incident and they were fast, professional and responsive. Those smash-and-grabbers must have been really fast and well planned because the LM police responded very quickly. The police do a great job - and (sorry Jack) that includes giving tickets to speeders. We are lucky to have such a professional and responsive police force. Joe McCaffrey
David January 12, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Agree we need to address theft problems urgently,but what's wrong with pulling over speeders Montgomery? Just don't speed and you won't get pulled over. Someone's going to get killed one of these days - that's worse than a break in.
Andy Johnson January 12, 2012 at 07:10 PM
David - I think you've got it right on both counts. The theft problem is urgent. And speeding on Montgomery Ave is not OK.
bcrider January 13, 2012 at 02:56 PM
does anyone think it is odd that a group of 5 men would be shopping for jewelry together at closing time on a Tuesday evening? I wonder what the store employee who buzzed them in was thinking.
lisa January 16, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I emailed my commissioner regarding the recent rash of thefts etc. and he did not reply to me. I am a little annoyed that he didn't get back to me as to what he as an elected official, is doing in regards to all of the recent incidents.
bcrider January 16, 2012 at 04:33 PM
lisa which commish did u contact?

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