N.Y. Kmart Falls Victim to Drive-Through Jewelry Theft

IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. -- Call it a smash-and-drive.

Rochester-area police Tuesday said an SUV-type vehicle drove through the front doors of a local Kmart, zipped down the aisles to the jewelry counter, paused as the thief or thieves grabbed an unknown amount of jewelry, and backed out of the store after midnight Tuesday morning.

Police said the vehicle most likely had "extensive front-end damage."

Irondequoit Police Sgt. Al D'Agostino said two Kmart workers who were in the store at the time took cover and called 911. He estimated store damage at more than $20,000.

Kmart spokesman Steve Pagnani said the store opened a little late Tuesday morning but will remain open during regular hours while repairs are made.

"I'm mind-boggled," said one customer, Glenda Armbrester. "I could see doing something like that at a top-notch jewelry store, but with this I'm flabbergasted."

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