Pawn shop owner says woman with small child stole thousands' worth of jewelry

Posted at 3:22 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 17:31:15-05

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Thousands of dollars' worth of diamond jewelry was stolen from a Portsmouth pawn shop over the weekend, according to Spencer Hill, the owner of the shop.

Hill shared video surveillance with News 3.

Cash Money Pawn and Gun Shop is located on Portsmouth Boulevard.

“Quite honestly, the moment I saw what happened with the child’s involvement - it just made me sick, just really made my stomach turn,” said Hill.

He said it happened on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

The video shows a woman with a child walking into the shop behind a man.

The man is being helped on the other side of the store while the woman goes up to the jewelry case.

She has a child with her in the video.

Hill said the jewelry case is locked, but there is a small separation between the two glass panels.

He said his cameras captured the alleged theft.

“She starts fishing the bracelet out of the case,” said Hill.

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He said it appears there was a stick or something used to help get the jewelry out of the case.

No one has been arrested, but Portsmouth Police are investigating.

Hill said he wants justice and his jewelry back.