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Roanoke Police say the theft of an expensive bracelet from a Valley View Mall jewelry store appears connected to similar thefts in Tennessee. Police say the one here happened on March 24th; when the suspected asked to see the bracelet, put it on his wrist, and ran off. Police say the bracelet’s value is in the tens of thousands of dollars.

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On March 24, 2017 at 3:54 p.m. Roanoke Police were called to a jewelry store at Valley View Mall to investigate a theft. Store employees said a heavy set black male, approximately 40 to 50 years old, came in and asked to see a very expensive bracelet. The employees said he put the bracelet around his wrist and ran out of the store. He got into a newer model red Ford Explorer with beige trim and chrome rims. The value of the bracelet was in the tens of thousands of dollars. He is a suspect in similar offenses in Knoxville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Anyone with information can call our tip line at 540-344-8500. Callers can choose to remain anonymous. The investigation is ongoing.