Bel Air’s brazen bandits

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Today’s Aegis newspaper reports that during lunchtime Saturday, two men in black hooded sweatshirts used crowbars to smash the display cases at Kay Jewelers in the Harford Mall and ran away with nearly $100,000 worth of jewelry. Ironically, moments before reading the story in today’s paper, the kids and I had just been browsing at both Kay and Littman Jewelers. These two stores, along with Zales Jewelers and Shaws Jewelers, sit on the four corners that mark the center of the mall. I thought it was interesting that workers approached me immediately to ask if they could assist me. We had a nice chat about the delicate layered looped chains that are trendy right now (at Kay) and the nice selection of less than $100 crosses I thought would make good Baptism or First Communion gifts (at Littman). But now I understand why the workers might be a bit more vigilant about everyone who approaches. It’s really quite amazing that someone would pull off a robbery like that at 12:40 p.m. on a busy Saturday and manage a get-away to a car that couldn’t have been any closer than the end of a rather long corridor lined with shoppers. Like last month’s road rage killing on a Friday afternoon, it seems as if Bel Air’s most astonishing crimes lately are occurring right smack in the middle of busy days.