Burglars of long-standing Scottsdale business caught on tape

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by azfamily.com

Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 7:11 AM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Two burglars skillfully drilled through locks, spray-painted outdoor security cameras, and ransacked the cabinets at a Scottsdale art store in less than 60 seconds, but they made one mistake that could land them behind bars.

The bandits forgot to paint over a surveillance camera inside the store, which captured the entire crime on tape and provided a decent look at one of the perpetrators.

Several items were stolen Sunday morning from United States Gold Refining, which has been in business since 1956. The eclectic store carries precious metals, jewelry, fine art and other unique collectibles.

Owner Elliot Glasser said the stolen items included a rare, museum-quality jade stone weighing about 15 pounds and polished meteorite valued at about $8,000.

"It has to be somebody that came in at a different time and knew what they came in for specifically," Glasser said of the bandits, who quickly rummaged through the cabinets like professionals.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Scottsdale Police Department.

"I just don't want to be robbed and I don't want what I worked all my life (for) taken," Glasser said.

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