Thief Steals Gigantic Crystal From Front of Jeweler’s Shop

This could be tough to pawn.

A thief has stolen a 25-pound crystal from the shank of a 7-foot-high wedding ring sculpture located in front of Toronto-based jewelers Louro and Sons.

The robbery occurred Saturday night at 1 a.m. and was apparently the work of two men—one stood guard, while the other used a hammer to dislodge the megacrystal, which measures 13 inches in diameter.

The sculpture has stood in front of the jewelers since December, the retailer said on its Facebook page.

The crystal has been valued at $7,000, and the retailer is offering a $1,000 reward for its return.

“It’s a very iconic ring,” owner Louis Louro told The Toronto Star. “It’s about seven-and-a-half-feet tall. It’s the biggest one in Canada. We did it specifically for our 30th anniversary here in Yorkville. A lot of people come by to take pictures.”

If it does get the jewel back, the store plans to raise it to make it harder to steal.

You can see security footage below:

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  • Aruna Gaitonde

    Doesn’t look like a CCTV footage… it’s so like someone was shooting a video. 🙂

    • Erika Estrella

      It’s a video of a screen that is showing the surveillance footage, that’s why it look like that. YOu can see the edge of the monitor at the very begining of the video.

  • Lapidary Artist

    What was the crystal made from?

  • JT Curtiss

    Pretty ignorant and insulting opening line, Rob.

    • Rob_Bates

      Just a joke; no offense meant.

  • JT Curtiss

    Yes I know…that almost makes it worse. The implication is so pervasive it seems okay for a leading industry commentator to make casual stereotypical jokes the butt of which are heavily represented in that industry and in that commentator’s own readership.

    The secondary jewelry market pioneered by pawnbrokers and until the last few years sneered at by 3-piece suit retailers is now being actively copied and swarmed by the likes of BlueNile and DeBeers…and pretty much every independent jeweler in the country as the traditional retail model tanks.

    The only difference between any of them buying gold, a diamond -or a basketball size diamond shaped crystal that would look great in their showcase; tell me any jeweler wouldn’t buy that thing in a heartbeat- “off the street” is that every purchase by a pawnbroker includes the option for the seller to repurchase it for a small fee a few months later, AND extensive identification and description of seller and item reported and cleared immediately and directly with law enforcement. The best thing that could happen for that jewelers bauble is if that thief is dumb enough to take it to a licensed pawnbroker, because then he will get it back.

    “Just a joke”. Yes, and one that is hurtful and harmful to your own subscribers, your own publication, and is grossly unfair and untrue. Well, PC disallows joking about stereotypical blacks, gays, and Jews, I guess the only thing left for yuks is crooked politicians, car dealers, pawnbrokers…and journalists writing fake news.

    • lauren

      jeez talk about being sensitive! he wasn’t criticizing anyone but actually stating a fact

      • JT Curtiss

        Your failure to comprehend the point is likely due to biological gender differences.

    • John Piers

      Methinks the JT doth protest too much. Hmm. And based on “gender” comment below, I encourage Rob to lead with chauvinism in his next piece.

      • JT Curtiss

        And it seems JP is so concerned with pretentiousness that the crushing irony regarding stereotypes in my response to lauren zooms way over his head.

        • John Piers

          Not at all. I watched you escalate your rant to an incongruous level: Race and gender inequality are myths, created by slavers and misogynists. Women are not responsible for the stereotype they’ve endured. By contrast, the pawn shop stereotype was created by _____ (fill in the blank, your answer will be telling).

          • JT Curtiss

            By a basis in fact, same as the other stereotypes, that’s how stereotypes come to be.

            But since the point escapes you still, I’ll break it down just for you. See it’s not that stereotypes exist or why, but that some are met with outrage by the virtue signalers while others are actively encouraged and participated in by them, with the very same isms they ostensibly abhor. Huh. I wonder why that is?

          • Rob_Bates

            O.K. I’m stepping in here. I’m afraid I’m going to have to end this particular aspect of the discussion.

            JT Curtiss was offended by my statement; he has to right to express his feelings about that, which he has. That relates to an industry issue, which is what JCK covers.

            Whether stereotypes have a “basis a fact” is not a discussion we wish to have at JCK, especially given what just happened in our country this weekend. So any further comments along those lines will be deleted. If you feel I’m wrong about this, please email privately and we can discuss it further. Thanks.

          • JT Curtiss

            You are right, thank you for your forbearance and recognition of the original point.

          • John Piers

            It’s why I didn’t reply further Rob. Wow. Thanks for an informative, and funny, article.

          • JT Curtiss

            BTW Rob, I am reminded on this 40th anniversary of the passing of Elvis to thank you for the link to the interview with Lowell Hays, Jeweler to The King a few days ago…I commented there about a very personal meeting and transaction with this gentle and inspiring man who beyond his connection with Elvis is an historical icon in our business, I thought it important enough that I also copied that comment to my own inactive blog…

            https://poetnthepawnbroker.blogspot.com/2017/08/jeweler-to-king.html