RCMP find evidence in jewelry store break-in

Last year's robbery at Florence's Optical and Jewellry is heating up after the Grand Forks RCMP found evidence last week.

Grand Forks RCMP have released this surveillance camera image in hopes of identifying the suspect.

Grand Forks RCMP have released this surveillance camera image in hopes of identifying the suspect.

Grand Forks RCMP may be on to a suspect in the case of the Florence’s Optical and Jewellery robbery last year after adevelopment in the case on Monday.

Late December, the downtown jewelry store was broken into and over $100,000 in jewelry and valuables were stolen. At thetime, RCMP indicated the store was accessed from a hole cut in the neighbouring vacant building’s wall. Last month Grand ForksRCMP released a surveillance images taken from the store’s security camera, showing a masked person wearing a balaclava witha skull print, jeans, and a black leather jacket.

In an update released Monday, Grand Forks RCMP note that because of a tip from the public, they located the “clothing andtools” used by the suspect on Miller Creek Forest Service Road on March 30.

“RCMP will process the items and if evidence exists, will send them away for further testing at a forensic laboratory,” reads thepress release.

RCMp are urging anyone with information to contact Cst. Angie Wouters at 250-442-8288 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).