Updated 02/25/2013 07:46 PM
$40,000 diamond stolen from Hannoush Jewelers inside Newburgh Mall
Police in the Town of Newburgh are searching for a man they say stole a diamond worth $40,000 from Hannoush Jewelers inside the Newburgh Mall. YNN's Meredith Zaritheny has more on what police are doing to catch this thief.
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NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Police in the Town of Newburgh are searching for a man they say stole a diamond worth $40,000 from Hannoush Jewelers inside the Newburgh Mall.
Around 4 p.m. Sunday, police say a man walked into Hannoush Jewelers in the Newburgh Mall, asking to see several different loose diamonds.
"She was starting to show him the high-end diamonds and when she was showing him the $40,000 diamond, he reached across the counter and snatched it out of her hand and actually took off and fled out of the mall," said Lt. Thomas O'Connell, Town of Newburgh Police.
Police say the man ran through the mall and out the main entrance of the Newburgh Mall and then jumped into a grey Honda waiting in the fire lane and then took off south bound on Route 300.
Police are looking for anyone help in finding their thief. Police say the man is in his mid-twenties, about 5-foot-8.
"The man is thin very dark colored skin black man, dressed with a black leather jacket, black Yankees baseball cap and black jeans," said Lt. O'Connell.
The diamond the man got away with is a two karat grade D flawless certified diamond. Hannoush Jewelers says it's the biggest and best loose diamond they had in the store.
"I have five detectives they are all out now canvassing the area looking at all the pawn shops," said Lt. O'Connell.
Hannoush employees working at the time tell YNN they were immediately suspicious of the man and said he was acting odd and trying to hide his face from the security cameras. Police are working with Hannoush Jewelers to take look at the security camera footage and are hopeful it will lead them to the diamond and the thief.
"We can hopefully catch this guy," said Lt. O'Connell.