Attempted armed robbery at Menlo Park jewelry store investigated


(KRON) — A jewelry store owner says he was forced to shoot to fend off a trio of armed robbers.

It was a scary Monday night at the Plaza Jewelers in Menlo Park.

The owners of this family business tell KRON4 that masked men burst in with guns demanding money and jewelry, but the husband, who manages the store’s security, refused to back down using his own gun to ensure the safety of its customers and the store.

Security video shows a group of men armed with a shotgun, a handgun and what may have been a crowbar stampede to demand that a jewelry store give up its assets .

The trio’s plan is thwarted in seconds when one of the store owners intervenes…

Rosalba Farias owns Plaza Jewelers. Her husband, Alfonso, was the man who sprang into action when their store was targeted by the masked men on Monday night.

Farias was especially worried about her customers who were forced to take shelter.

The unidentified people were seen driving back and forth in a golden van. Nothing was taken and no one was injured.

The bullet fired by Alfonso Argulo caused minimal damage after only piercing the front door of the store.

Alfonso felt it was necessary to protect his family’s business.

Farias was grateful for her husband’s bravery and quick thinking to stop the bad guys. It’s a night they hope never to see again.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the matter.

The attempted armed robbery comes after another jewelry store in Tanforan Mall was targeted by would-be thieves last month.

All of the wanted suspects are still at large.

Anyone with information about the attempted theft is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (650) 363-4911 or an anonymous hotline at (800) 547-2700.


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