DEARBORN, Mich. - Armed robbers got into a jewelry store near Warren Avenue and Schaefer Road in Dearborn Wednesday and ransacked the business in a violent smash and grab.
Police said the robbers got into the store and managed to trash it in a matter of minutes.
The back and front of the shopping block has surveillance cameras covering multiple angles, and they captured video of the three thieves entering the jewelry store.
Two men went in the back, and another went through the front. Sources told Local 4 they went into the store masquerading as shoppers and veiled like Arabic women.
But the ruse was short-lived, and the men started smashing cases, scooping up gold and jewelry and leaving behind shattered glass and perhaps a few fingerprints.
The salon owner next door heard the store owner's screams through the walls. He went out the back to help, but the door was locked, and through the glass, he found himself face-to-face with a gunman.
One of the robbers pistol-whipped the owner before fleeing, leaving the man hospitalized with a bloody gash on his head. He is expected to be OK.
Neighbors are saddened by the attack and frightened, but they're glad he's still alive.
"Crimes of this nature are particularly disturbing because the suspects showed no regard for the safety of the employee," Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said. "Crimes like this will not be tolerated. We are urging the public to come forward with information regarding this incident."
Police said the men left in an older-model red Chevrolet Cavalier convertible, believed to be a 1995 to 2002 model year.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the three suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
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