A team of three thieves stole about $160,000 worth of jewelry from the G.M. Pollack & Sons store at the Maine Mall on Monday night, South Portland police said.

Two of the thieves distracted the store clerks and blocked their view of the front of the store, where the third apparently gained access to a display case and took bracelets and a pair of earrings, said Detective Sgt. Steve Webster.

Webster called the jewelry “high-end,” saying that one piece was priced at about $44,000.

The workers said the three were seen at the store Saturday night, Webster said. All were described as being about 30 years old. One was a black man, about 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 220 pounds. He had bad teeth and was wearing a black jacket with gray stripes, Webster said.

Another was a black woman with yellow-orange hair pulled back in a ponytail and a large mole on one side of her head. The third was a black man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds.

When the three went into the store about 6:30 p.m. Monday, Webster said, the taller man and the woman spoke to clerks and positioned themselves to block the view of the front of the store.

Webster said police assume the second man was the one who broke into the display case, although nobody saw him do it. He said the case’s lock did not appear to have been forced open.

Webster said workers at a G.M. Pollack & Sons store in Newington, N.H., saw three people fitting the same descriptions at that store last week, but nothing was stolen.

He said the three may have stayed in a hotel in Maine on the weekend. Police ask anyone who has information to contact them at 799-5511.

 

Staff Writer Edward D. Murphy can be contacted at 791-6465 or at: [email protected]