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State police are investigating a burglary Wednesday in Springfield Township during which thieves made off with about $45,000 worth of jewelry.

Someone broke into a home on Glen Rock Road through a back door, went to a jewelry cabinet in the master bedroom and cleared off four shelves of jewelry, including diamond and gold necklaces, bracelets and earrings, according to a state police news release. Among the items taken were a 14-karat rose gold and brown diamond pair of earrings valued at $472, police said.

The burglary happened between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday. The residents, a 65-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man, were not home at the time, state police said.

"The door was pried open," Trooper Adam Reed said. "So force was used to gain entry."

Reed, a state police spokesman, said operations such as these vary in sophistication. Burglars will often knock on an intended victim's door during daylight burglaries to see if anyone is home, he said. The thieves tend not to hold onto the stolen property for very long either, he explained.

"It’s hard to say if the burglars had in mind what they wanted when they broke in," he said. "When jewelry like this is taken, it’s usually taken to either a pawn shop or sold fairly quickly."

Reed could not say whether any evidence or the way the burglary unfolded pointed to a particular suspect or suspects.

"Sometimes, these burglaries can be orchestrated by a large, organized group," he said. "Or sometimes they can be one person looking to make a quick dollar."

— Reach John Joyce atjjoyce2@yorkdispatch.comor on Twitter at  @JohnJoyceYD.

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