Thieves got really creative recently when robbing a jewelry store inside the Ocean County Mall in Toms River, New Jersey.


Give them points for creativity? An 'A' for effort?

There's no excuse for stealing, but the robbery of this particular jeweler wasn't a typical 'smash and grab' or hold up. There was a vacant store, a blow torch, and some 'Ocean's 11'-level ingenuity involved.


Smart or not, the plan is going to result in felony charges for the suspects.

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Jewelry Store Robbed Inside NJ's Ocean County Mall

Ocean County Mall in Toms River NJ
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According to authorities, approximately $1 million dollars in jewelry was stolen from Venzio Jewelers inside Ocean County Mall off Hooper Ave. in Toms River, NJ.

The robbery is believed to have taken place sometime between the hours of 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27th and when the store opened at 10 a.m. the next day, Thursday, March 28th.

Venzio Jewelers inside Ocean County Mall NJ
Venzio Jewelers/Facebook

All the jewelry taken was reportedly inside the store's safe, which burglars broke into using a blow torch, according to

As for how the thieves got into Venzio Jewelers, they reportedly gained entry by cutting a whole through the wall of an unoccupied space next to the jewelry store. The suspects also managed to disable Venzio's alarm system and its phones.

Police in Toms River, NJ Searching for Suspects in Jewelry Store Theft

NJ Crime Scene Investigation - Photo: TSM Illustration
NJ Crime Scene Investigation - Photo: TSM Illustration

Toms River Police Department is currently investigating the theft and tracking down the suspects involved. If you saw, heard, or know anything that could assist their investigation, you're urged to contact Det. Michael MacDonald at 732-349-0150 Ext. 1366 or Det. Jennifer Grob at 732-349-0150 Ext. 1319.

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