Jewelry Store Thieves Left Blood Behind

Indiana's forensic laboratory has begun processing the blood for a potential DNA match to lead police to the robbers

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    Drops of blood were found inside Helzberg Diamonds following a Feb. 26 burglary, police said. Indiana's forensic laboratory has begun processing the blood for a potential DNA match to lead police to the thieves.

    New clues have been discovered in evidence left behind after a February jewelry store heist in Hobart, Ind., police said.

    Drops of blood were found inside Helzberg Diamonds following the Feb. 26 burglary, police said. Indiana's forensic laboratory has begun processing the blood for a potential DNA match to lead police to the suspects.

    Thieves Use Buckets to Scoop Jewels

    [CHI] Thieves Use Buckets to Scoop Jewels
    Jewelry thieves used buckets to scoop up display case items over the weekend from a Hobart, Ind., Helzberg Diamonds store, police said. An alarm was tripped just before 8 a.m. Sunday, alerting police to the jewelry store at 2871 E. 81st Ave.

    "It is probably one of the best things we have so far. We've recovered some blood," said Det. David Grissom.

    An alarm was tripped just before 8 a.m. Feb. 26, alerting police to the jewelry store at 2871 E. 81st Ave. The suspects are believed to have entered through a broken window.

    While authorities wait for lab results to come back, they're also looking into other leads which have hinted toward a jewelry heist in Chicago a few weeks earlier.

    "The only thing I know about the one in Chicago is that the vehicle seems to match," said Grissom.

    Although the high-value items in the Hobart store were locked up overnight, the remaining items were left in cases on the floor. Police said the thieves knew which cases to go to and what to get. They attempted to go to the case with the expensive jewelry first, and once realizing nothing was in it, they continued to other cases.

    Video surveillance shows three men carrying tools and buckets into the jewelry store.

    The men were seen getting into a maroon Dodge Caravan or Oldsmobile minivan, but the surveillance video was unable to capture a clear image of the license plate number.

    The men were described as medium build with all three in dark-colored clothing.

    Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call police at 219-942-1125.