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Stolen forklift used to smash into Sacramento jewelry store

July 17, 2012 |  8:35 am

Thieves who stole a forklift in Sacramento used it to smash into a jewelry store, taking off with a loot-filled safe and other merchandise, police say.

The damage set off multiple alarms. The owner of Midamar Jewelers said he had been robbed before but never like this, Fox40 News in Sacramento reported.

Sacramento police say an unknown number of people took the forklift from Leroy Greene Middle School around 5:30 a.m. Monday and took it to Midamar, just under a mile away, where they smashed into the store.

The suspects hauled away a large safe containing jewelry, merchandise and other property. Surveillance cameras recorded video of the heist.

The forklift is part of a large blue vehicle that has an attached crane. Investigators found a stolen truck nearby Monday morning and believe it was used the haul the safe away from the store.


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