Police identify suspect in Kendra Scott jewelry store burglary


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A warrant is out for a suspect in connection with the burglary of the flagship store of Austin-based jeweler, Kendra Scott Tuesday. 

Police are searching for 44-year-old Raymond Hernandez who they say was caught on camera shattering a glass door and jewelry cases with a hammer and stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from the Kendra Scott store at 1701 South Congress Avenue Tuesday. 

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After police released the surveillance footage Wednesday asking the public for information, they received several tips about the identity of the possible burglar, according to a document filed in court. 

One tipster told investigators he bought a ring from Hernandez for $100 and during the transaction, Hernandez admitted he was the person who burglarized the store. The tipster’s girlfriend gave investigators the ring and they noted it was stamped with “Kendra Scott” on the inside band. She also told police Hernandez had a tattoo on his neck that read, “F— the Feds.” 

On Thursday, investigators received another tip from someone who said Hernandez owed them money and when he failed to make a payment, he offered to make a payment in the form of four Kendra Scott rings in lieu of cash that week. 

The same tipster also told police Hernandez had a condition that made his legs appear “severely bowlegged” and caused him to walk with “a slight waddle.” Police were provided with a photo of Hernandez in which they could see a tattoo like the other tipster had described. 

After reviewing the surveillance footage and using old police records of Hernandez and tipster information to match suspect descriptions, a warrant was issued for Hernandez’ arrest. 

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