Three people were charged and almost $10,000 in jewelry was seized in connection to a break in at a Wetaskiwin jewelry store after police tracked drops of blood from the store to a nearby apartment.

Wetaskiwin RCMP received an alarm call to French's Jewellery in the early morning hours of Jan. 12. When police arrived at the store, the glass storefront was broken and blood could be seen on the glass. No suspects were in the store.

Investigators and a police dog tracked blood droplets from the store to a unit inside a nearby apartment building. Police obtained a warrant to enter the unit and arrested eight occupants, including a man with lacerations on his hand.

The next day, police searched the apartment and recovered almost $10,000 worth of semi-precious stones, gold and silver necklaces and 66 rings that RCMP say were stolen from French's Jewellery.

RCMP determined three of the eight people arrested were responsible for the break and enter. Three men, aged 30, 20 and 18, have been charged with break and enter and possession of property obtained by crime. Two of the men were also charged with failing to comply with release conditions.

All three men were previously known to police, Cst. Holly Porterfield said.