A boutique Port Fairy jeweller has been hit in a three-person smash and grab operation in the early hours of Friday morning.
Warrnambool Police Acting Sergeant Reagan Silich said the thieves had a car waiting and made off with an "unknown quantity of jewellery" from Leskes Jewellers in Bank Street about 1.30am.
"They've jemmy barred the front window and got in that way," he said.
Sandra Greenberger, who has owned the jewellers for 10 years with her husband Trevor, said the shop was closed briefly on Friday morning when police attended.
"We have heavily armoured glass so it was very difficult for the thieves to access items through a small hole which they eventually reached their arm through," she said.
"We are currently undertaking a stocktake of inventory and working through photos of our window display to establish the loss."
Mrs Greenberger said thankfully security protocols were in place, including impact sensors and camera and video footage from "a number of angles"
She said forunately all items of high value were placed in a safe at night.
"The loss will be minimal due to the processes we have in place," Mrs Greenberger said.
"We are working with the police with all of our security footage and we are confident that the offenders will be apprehended."
Police could not confirm whether the burglary had been reported immediately thanks to the alarm, or discovered later on Friday morning.
A note on the front door of the shop, where the front window was boarded up, announced the incident.
"Apologies... we will be closed today due to low lifes who decided to break in early this morning," it read.
Acting Sergeant Silich asked anyone who might have information to contact Crimestoppers Victoria on 1800 333 000.
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