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Suspect smashes pawnshop jewelry case, steals more than $20K

 Osceola County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a man who stole more than $20,000 in jewelry from a pawnshop on Sept. 26.

At approximately 2:43 p.m., a black male entered the Value Pawn located at 4770 W. U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee. He was wearing a red-hooded Florida State Seminoles sweatshirt with the hood over his head and black pants.

According to a Sheriff’s Office report, the suspect walked around the store for several minutes before walking to the glass jewelry case and taking a hammer out of his backpack. He then used the hammer to smash the case and remove approximately $20,500  in jewelry, the report stated. The male ran across the street where witnesses observed him getting into the passenger seat of a white unknown sedan.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477, where information leading to a felony arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.