Northeast Times

Reward offered for the capture of jewelry store robbers

The Cit­izens Crime Com­mis­sion on Monday an­nounced a $1,000 re­ward for in­form­a­tion lead­ing to the cap­ture of two men re­spons­ible for the vi­ol­ent armed rob­bery of a North­east jew­elry store on Nov. 4.

Po­lice de­tect­ives con­tin­ue to in­vest­ig­ate leads in the case in which mer­chand­ise worth about $200,000 was stolen from Be­lag­gio Jew­el­ers, 2115 Cottman Ave.

The rob­bers entered the store at about 4:50 p.m. and im­me­di­ately charged at a store clerk with hand­guns drawn. Neither wore a mask. They hopped a counter, forced three em­ploy­ees in­to the rear of the busi­ness and re­moved a vari­ety of jew­elry items from dis­play cases and a safe.

No pat­rons were in the shop at the time. No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted.

The crooks fled ini­tially on foot and were spot­ted en­ter­ing a green Ford Con­tour that had been parked out­side a nearby Sears store. An off-duty po­lice of­ficer saw a por­tion of the get­away car’s Pennsylvania li­cense plate. The di­gits “2204” may be on the tag.

Both rob­bers are black. One is about 40 years old and between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall. He had a red­dish beard and close-cut hair. He wore a dark suit and dark leath­er jack­et. He car­ried a black hand­gun.

The oth­er man is 35 to 40 years old and about 6 feet tall. He had close-cut hair and wore a gray hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans and brown-tin­ted sunglasses with gold frames. He car­ried a sil­ver hand­gun.

No shots were fired. The own­er of the store de­clined to dis­cuss de­tails of the en­counter, al­though ed­ited sur­veil­lance video of the crime is avail­able via the Philly­Po­lice.com Web site or by search­ing for “Bel­la­gio Jew­elry Store” on You­Tube.com.

The Cit­izens Crime Com­mis­sion is ad­min­is­ter­ing the re­ward. To make an an­onym­ous tip, call the hot­line 215-546-TIPS. Those wish­ing to con­trib­ute to the re­ward amount may also call 215-546-TIPS. ••

You can reach at wkenny@bsmphilly.com.

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