Police: 'Gold grabber' steals chains from St. Pete jeweler

A suspected thief walked into a St. Petersburg jeweler, grabbed a handful of gold chains, and bolted, according to St. Petersburg police.

The gold-grabber apparently tried to wipe away his fingerprints before leaving the store, according to the store's surveillance videos.

It happened around 11:15 the morning of August 15 at Laura's Five Star Jeweler, at 3800 66th St. N.

Police say the suspect walked in and hopped the counter. He grabbed as much gold as he could handle and jumped back over the counter, trying to wipe it down before fleeing the store.

St. Pete police says anyone who recognizes the suspect should call 727-893-7780 or text the keyword "SPPD" and a tip to Tip-411 (847-411). Reference case number 35277.