After hours smash and grab leaves boutique owner in shockPOSTED: 09/24/14 11:39 PM
St. Maarten – Sometime between the late hours on Monday and early on Tuesday morning, a huge stone was used to smash one of the glass windows at the House Of Seduction boutique on Front Street, but because the vandals could not gain entry to the establishment all that was removed was a variety of costume jewelry.
According to owner Karen Jones it was a pre meditated act. “I left someone to lock up the store around 10.30 and while he was still there, he heard someone knocking on the glass, but when he made his presence felt, the person ran away,” Jones stated.
This disturbing revelation became evident when the same person that was tasked with securing the store made a visit shortly after 5 a.m. yesterday morning and immediately the police was informed.
While she could not say if more than one person was involved, Jones said that it was not the first time that the boutique became the target. A few years ago, thieves gained entry after smashing through the window, but that time she did not have up the grill.
Jones said she is not entirely satisfied in the manner in which the police have handled the matter as it relates to the evidence so far. “The brick they used was still on the floor, I thought they would have taken finger prints. All they said was that I must submit the cost for the repairs.”
Ironically, the value of the stolen articles is less than $100, but the cost for repairs is expected to be exorbitant considering the smashed window has an estimated size of 6 by 4 feet.