Money Stolen From Coastal Bend Store

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The owner of a Corpus Christi jewelry store is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of three burglars.

The alleged incident happened at Objets D’Art at 5734 McArdle Road early this morning. Owner Leslie Walberg says three suspected burglars broke their glass door, then a glass storefront and stole cash.

Walberg says once his alarm system went off and informed him the glass was broken, he went straight to his store. Four minutes later when he arrived he said the thieves were gone – but because they broke the glass with their hands they were cut and blood was left behind.

Walberg said the Corpus Christi Police Crime Scene Unit was called to the scene and collected the blood samples. Walberg wants legal justice.

“If you know these guys and you don’t like them — I’m sure they’re not nice people — you can turn them in and get five grand out of them,” Walberg said. “And you will be doing a service to the community.”

This is not the first time that thieves have targeted Works of Art. In 2014, a thief broke into the store and stole $50,000 in cash. Walberg said that due to a blood DNA test, the criminal was apprehended, arrested and convicted.

Anyone with information about Tuesday morning’s incident is asked to call Walberg at the store, (361) 993-0500. Objets D’Art has been open since 1982.

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