A short time after 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, the Antique and Modern Jewelry Store on Cumberland Avenue was robbed in what appears to be a choreographed and organized effort by six individuals.
Video surveillance and the owner of the store confirm that initially two men enter the store and speak to the woman behind the counter for a short period of time and then four women enter the store, all of who are believed to be Romanian and related.
While the men are being shown jewelry and speaking with the saleswoman, the women gather at the other end of the store with one attempting to go behind the counter as the men distract the employee.
Within a few minutes, one of the other women in the group reaches over a glass cabinet grabbing a full display pallet of jewelry, hiding it in her clothing. This is all while one of the men stands guard outside the front door to distract anyone else from entering the business.
Another owner of the store enters the business and recognizes what is happening and calls the police as the individuals leave the store. The vehicle the suspects were in and the direction of travel has yet to be determined. Police believe this is one of many incidents involving this group. The value of the items stolen has been estimated to be in the tens of thousands.
If you can identify the individuals in the pictures please call the Middlesboro Police Department at 606-248-3636. All calls will be kept confidential. Lt. Detective Barry Cowan is in charge of the investigation.