Johnston jewelry store smash-and-grab suspect caught on camera

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – A brazen burglar was caught on surveillance camera, with a hammer, smashing his way through the glass front door of a jewelry store, and then stealing inventory in Johnston.

Atwood Coin And Jewelry Burglary Suspect Without Mask

Atwood Coin and Jewelry burglary suspect seen without his mask (credit: Johnston Police Dept.)

The owner of Atwood Coin and Jewelry on the 1400 block of Atwood Avenue, Gabriella Mendoza, told ABC6 News the suspect broke into the store around 5 a.m. last Friday.

The suspect, wearing a hoodie and mask, got into the store and then broke into two jewelry cases, stealing assorted jewelry pieces and Morgan silver dollars, according to police.


Mendoza wouldn’t elaborate on what all the stolen goods are worth, but had a message for the suspect: “If you are watching, if you get caught, sorry, but it definitely wasn’t worth your time. You didn’t get enough to make it worth your time.”

Police describe the suspect as a man in a black hoodie, dark colored pants, and a white face mask. He may have sped off from the scene in a newer model Nissan Rogue, police said.

If you have any information about this case, contact Johnston police Detective Thomas Dwyer at (401) 757-3158, or by email at

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