Police believe a pair of thieves who stole nearly $200,000 worth of jewelry from a south Edmonton store in November struck again this month in Mill Woods.
Two men entered a jewelry store in downtown Mill Woods on December 6 shortly after 5:30 p.m. and attempted to steal several trays of necklaces.
Investigators say one of them jumped over the counter to grab the product but dropped most of it after a “struggle” with an employee.
As the couple fled, his partner pepper sprayed a worker. Police did not say how much jewelry they stole.
They left the mall in a stolen silver 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 with license plate CXY 994, abandoning it near 54th Street and 18th Avenue to jump into another vehicle, police said.
Investigators believe the thieves are the same people who robbed a store in Southgate Center on November 9. That day, two robbers entered the store, threatened employees with a handgun, and left with an unknown quantity of gold necklaces.
The value of the theft was around $100,000 at the time; police now say it was $178,000.
“Police are continuing to investigate the two robberies and are releasing additional photos of the suspects in hopes someone can recognize them,” a statement from the Edmonton Police Department said Thursday. “Police are also looking for information on the vehicles the suspects drove after abandoning the stolen vehicles used in the robberies.”
One suspect was described as a white or Indigenous male who wore glasses, white Puma shoes, black Adidas track pants and an Air Jordan cap.
The other wore all black and a black cap with a white brim.
During the November robbery, the thieves got away in a stolen red 2013 Honda Civic driven by an unidentified third suspect. Police have not released a description of this person. Again, the vehicle used to flee the targeted store was abandoned – this time near 58th Avenue and 141st Street – and the trio reportedly fled in another vehicle.
Stolen 2013 Honda Civic, Alberta license plate CKF-2443. (Source: EPS)
Anyone with information is asked to contact all EPS at 780-423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.