Cameras catch 2 men robbing jewelry store in Harbour Pointe

Suspects remain at large as police investigate early-morning incident
By Nicholas Johnson | Apr 26, 2017
Photo by: Nicholas Johnson Toni Geiger, owner of Harbour Pointe Jewelers, looks over photos of damage to her store, located in the Harbour Pointe Shopping Center, on Saturday, April 22, after two men broke in and stole thousands of dollars in jewelry.

Mukilteo police are looking for two men who robbed Harbour Pointe Jewelers early Saturday morning, April 22.

“They had the audacity to smash in the front door, with cameras around and people in the 24-hour QFC next door,” owner Toni Geiger said, noting that the suspects had initially tried to pry open the store’s back door.

“I’m sure no one saw them at the back door. Their first inclination was the smart one, they just couldn’t seem to get in that way.”

Geiger was asleep at home when her alarm company called at about 3:15 a.m. She made it to the store, which is located in the Harbour Pointe Shopping Center, by about 3:30 a.m. The police had arrived on scene within a couple minutes of the alarm going off.

“I think they had an idea how long it would take for the police to get there because the police just missed them,” Geiger said, based on what she saw on her store’s surveillance cameras.

The video, she said, shows that the suspects parked out front and waited a few minutes before breaking in.

“Once they got in, they stood there and looked around,” she said. “Then one of them leaped over a display case. That was pretty impressive.”

The two men, who had pulled hoods over their heads, proceeded to smash a glass display case and toss items into a bag, she said. They also destroyed a display tower that held earrings. The men got away with an estimated $10,000 in earrings, rings, bracelets and other jewelry, she said.

“I have insurance, but I’m just annoyed by the fact that I have to go through all of this again,” she said, recalling a time in early 2008 when she was held up at gun point, tied up and robbed of an estimated $100,000 in jewelry.

“That one was a lot worse,” she said. “That time they got into my safes and got a lot more.”

That time, she had been held up upon coming into work at the back door.

“I shouldn’t have been parking back there,” she said. “I have never parked back there since.”

Though she was safe at home this time, Geiger said the experience has reignited her anxiety.

“It’s scary,” she said. “After you have your alarm company call at 3:15 in the morning, every night you think it might happen again. It took me a while to get over the robbery at gunpoint. I got over that by never using the back door again.”

Now, she says she’s looking forward to her pre-existing plan to close shop for good in July, after more than 43 years in the business and more than 30 in Mukilteo.

“This just gives me another reason to not be in this particular business anymore,” she said.

Once police arrived on the scene, they spoke to witnesses who reported seeing possible suspects flee in a vehicle. They located that vehicle at another location nearby, unoccupied.

Police searched the area with a K-9 unit with negative results. The vehicle, which was determined to have been stolen, was impounded with broken glass and jewelry still inside.

Geiger said she had already spent about $1,200 to repair her back door, and she expects to spend more to fix her front door.

“We’re all fine,” she said. “Nobody got hurt or anything. It’s just a real annoyance more than anything, and it pisses you off.”

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