FRANKLIN, MASS. (WHDH) - Police in Franklin are turning to the public for help tracking down a man who smashed his way into a jewelry store in the town over the weekend and fled with $10,000 worth of items, officials announced Monday.

Officers responding to an alarm at Vallee Jewelers on Main Street just before 10:15 p.m. on Saturday found the front door smashed, significant damage to several display cases inside the store, and jewelry scattered on the floor, according to the Franklin Police Department.

Surveillance video showed the suspect repeatedly striking the front door with a hammer to gain entry to the store before fleeing minutes later.

“Obviously, there are more sophisticated ways of breaking into things. This was pretty low-tech, but it was effective. There are victims involved and property damage and things that were stolen,” said police Sergeant Brian Johnson.

A K9 team swept the surrounding area but police were not able to track down the suspect. They’re now looking to see if he tries to sell the stolen goods.

“We know there are pawn shops and things like that in other communities around us,” Johnson said. “We’ll make notifications once we have a confirmed list of what’s missing.”

Initial estimates place the losses in excess of $10,000.

“We have some victims that are out a lot of money right now. We’re hoping to either recover the jewelry and make a prosecution or at a very minimum make an arrest here in this case,” said Johnson.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is urged to contact Franklin police at 508-528-1212.

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