Caught on Camera: Armed robber holds up jewelry store

Police say a brazen thief walked into a jewelry store inside a valley mall, pulled out a gun and walked out with a bag full of valuables.

March 18 at 9 p.m., the sun already set around Desert Sky Mall at 75th Avenue and Thomas.

It was closing time inside and a thief took advantage of it.

"This was near closing during the middle of the week, so he lessened the amount of people who were around who might have saw this," said Sgt. Derek Elmore, with Silent Witness.

Surveillance video released by Silent Witness shows the man walk into a jewelry store, gazing into the display cases as if he's a customer.

He then began to slip his hand inside his jacket. Police say at that point, he pulled out a gun, pointed it a clerk and demanded jewelry.

"The clerk does comply, its the right thing to comply, and then he's able to walk away with this jewelry," said Elmore.  

Silent Witness says the suspect is considered a wanted man, a suspect in an armed robbery. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that could lead up to his arrest.

"Very scary because you never know what their cause is. You don't know whether they are going to use that weapon or not. It's a threat, you have to assume that if he brought it and he's bringing it out, they're going to use it. They're serious about their threat, that's what we always assume, that's the case," said Elmore.

The store knows exactly what the suspect got away with. That information combined with the surveillance video is exactly what police hope will get this dangerous and armed criminal off the street and keep him from doing this again.
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