UPDATE: Closing Kmart store targeted by burglars

UPDATE 11:31 a.m. – Investigators from the Blackman-Leoni Public Safety Department have released a security camera photo from inside the Kmart store that was hit by burglars Tuesday morning.

The picture shows three people inside the store.

kmart 002 UPDATE: Closing Kmart store targeted by burglars

If you have any information, call Blackman-Leoni Public Safety at 517-788-4223.

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — It’s been a rough 24 hours for a store in mid-Michigan.

Monday morning, Kmart on East Michigan Avenue in Jackson found out it was closing for good.

And then early Tuesday morning, someone broke in and stole a bunch of jewelry.

Police are still trying to figure out what exactly happened at the store.

But they believe the store could have been targeted, because it just announced that it was closing.

A tripped burglar alarm brought police to the Kmart store around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

“Upon arrival, they located the front glass doorway entry broken. It appears that a large cement block was thrown through the window,” said Scott Grajewski, Deputy Director of the Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety Department.

Officers soon found the jewelry counter was busted open.

“It appears a large amount of jewelry is missing from that location. Some of the jewelry was recovered by some of the officers at the scene that was dropped while the suspects were fleeing,” Grajewski said.

A K9 unit was brought in but police lost the scent in the parking lot.

It’s a double blow to this store.

The break-in happened less than 24 hours after Kmart announced this location, along with several others across the country, will shut down in December.

Police believe that announcement may have set the stage for this crime.

“That’s always a possibility. We have no way of knowing at this time. Our detective bureau has started their investigation. We believe there are some camera systems around the surrounding area that include Kmart,” Grajewski said.

While police work on suspect descriptions, employees that work under the Big K say all they will clean up and press on.

“Hopefully we can develop some leads that will come out of this and obtain some suspects that might be involved and prevent any further crime that might take place from it,” Grajewski said.

If you have any information, call Blackman-Leoni Public Safety at 517-788-4223.

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