SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — A pair of smash-and-grab thieves held a customer and employees at gunpoint at a Santa Rosa jewelry store before rummaging through glass display cases and escaping with them. an undisclosed quantity of goods.
Santa Rosa police said the incident happened at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday at the downtown Santa Rosa Plaza shopping mall. Officers responded to a 911 call and upon arrival found the store ransacked and the victims shaken.
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Based on the investigation, detectives believe two adult male suspects entered the Santa Rosa Plaza through a furniture store on the south side of the building. They ran through the furniture store and straight into the jewelry store.
A suspect was carrying a handgun and forced a customer to lie on the floor. The suspect then stole the client’s wallet while the other suspect broke jewelry cases and stole numerous items.
They then fled through the furniture store and out the A Street exit.
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Both suspects were described as adult black males, 5ft 7in to 5-10 with slim builds. They all wore black clothes and masks that covered most of their faces.
Before the thefts occurred, investigators say, there was a late 1990s to early 2000s Lexus ES 300, black and gray two-tone vehicle driving back and forth on A Street. The vehicle had a fake license plate on the back. Detectives believe the vehicle may be involved in the theft.
The total value of the theft will not be disclosed, but it is in the thousands. Anyone with information about the investigation is encouraged to contact SRPD via our online helpline: http://www.srcity.org/CrimeTips.
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A reward of up to $2,500 is offered by the Sonoma County Alliance Community Engagement and Safety Rewards Fund. The reward is for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects involved in this theft.