$44K in jewelry stolen from DeSoto Square mall store

MANATEE - Several pieces of jewelry were reported stolen Thursday evening from a store at DeSoto Square mall, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

A clerk at M and N Jewelry had gone to the back of the store to use the restroom, and when he returned, he saw that the back of one of the jewlery cases was open with several items missing. He also found another case left open with items missing, according to a news release.

The clerk said he did not hear anything while he was in the back of the store, and there is no surveillance video, according to the sheriff's office.