VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A Piercing Pagoda at the Volusia Mall has been repeatedly burglarized and Daytona Beach Police are trying to figure out who’s responsible.
On Nov. 25, 2019, an employee arrived to work and found that the glass case had been pried open, jewelry was missing and boxes were thrown about the kiosk, a report said. It was estimated that $20,000 worth of merchandise was stolen.
Then, on Dec. 29, 2019, a Piercing Pagoda employee starting her day realized that a door had been left ajar and two jewelry counters were open and jewelry was missing. That same day, a black garbage bag containing empty food trays and multiple pieces of stolen jewelry was found at another Piercing Pagoda kiosk within the mall.
It’s unclear how much merchandise was taken during that incident.
The most recent incident happened Sunday when a mall security employee noticed the kiosk had been damaged by someone who pried open a door to a case containing silver jewelry. Because of the recent burglaries, an employee had swapped out the gold and silver jewelry storage before the kiosk closed the night before the incident.
Daytona Beach Police public information officer Messod Bendayan said at least $100,000 worth of jewelry has been stolen.
“They pry the door open and they were taking cases of jewelry from there. Obviously, whoever these people are have some internal knowledge of how this stuff works,” Bendayan said.
Officers are still investigating to determine how the suspects have been committing the crimes.
“It could be that they’re hiding, it could be that they’re breaking in. Maybe there’s another way. At this point, we really don’t know,” he said.
Police on Tuesday released surveillance video showing a man in a gray hoodie in the area on Nov. 25 and a person carrying a black trash bag on Dec. 29, 2019.
No arrests have been made.