Detectives seeking quartet of older jewelry thieves

West Whiteland Police say four men hit store in Exton Square Mall 

A black male with salt and pepper hair and a beard is one of four suspected jewelry thieves that West Whiteland Township Police hope the public can identify.

A black male with salt and pepper hair and a beard is one of four suspected jewelry thieves that West Whiteland Township Police hope the public can identify.

The West Whiteland Township Police Department said it is investigating a $15,000 jewelry heist that occurred at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, at the Zales store located in the Exton Square Mall.

Police gave this account: Store employees reported that four African American males were involved in the distraction theft. While one man waited outside, three of the males entered the store and separated once inside. The subjects spoke to different employees and asked to look at jewelry. None of the subjects made a purchase, and soon after they left the store, employees discovered two diamond rings valued at approximately $15,000, missing from a display cabinet.

Police said the one suspect was described as a dark-complected African American male between 35 and 45 years of age, approximately 6-foot-2 with a thin build, “salt and pepper” hair, and a beard (see composite sketch).

West Whiteland Township detectives hope someone might recognize one of four alleged jewelry thieves from the composite sketch that was prepared.

West Whiteland Township detectives hope someone might recognize one of four alleged jewelry thieves from the composite sketch that was prepared.

A second suspect, for whom a composite sketch was also prepared, was described as an African American male between 50 and 60 years of age, about 5-foot-11 with white hair and a beard, police said.

A third suspect was described as an African American male who was approximately 60 years old. He was approximately 5-foot-6 with an average build,  “salt and pepper” hair, and several missing front teeth. He carried a cigar and had a distinctive necklace with a handgun-shaped charm that contained diamonds, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the West Whiteland Township Police Department at 610-692-5100. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call the tip line at 610-594-9057 or send an email to tips@westwhiteland.org.

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