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Gunman robs jewelery store; sheriff hopes video aids in arrest


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SALT LAKE COUNTY-- Salt Lake County Sheriff's investigators are hoping surveillance video will help them catch the man who robbed a jewelry store at gunpoint.

On Aug. 29 at 10:21 a.m., a man walked into William's Jewelers at 3941 Wasatch Blvd. and walked out with thousands of dollars in currency and merchandise.

"He came in and pretended to show one of the employees an item in a bag and immediately pulled out a handgun," said Lt. Don Hutson with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect held the three employees inside to store at gunpoint, and demanded cash and items from the store.

Hutson said, "It seemed he kind of knew what he was after, some high-value merchandise."

Investigators aren't saying exactly what the man took but say it added up to thousands of dollars.

He's described as:

  • a black male
  • 5 feet 10 inches tall
  • weighing about 225 pounds
  • with short black hair

He was wearing a hat and prescription glasses but did not cover his face during the robbery.

"It does say brazen. It makes you wonder why this particular person wouldn't try to conceal his identity," Hutson said.

One idea investigators have that the man is not from the area and wasn't worried about being recognized.

Another is that the robbery was a crime of opportunity. No one was injured in the robbery.

Hudson said, "When we talk about these robberies and no one is injured, it's hard to measure the emotional impact and toll it takes on people."

If you have any information about the case you're asked to call Detective Mike Smith with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office at (801) 743-5950

E-mail: sdallof@ksl.com

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