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EC police seek 3 for Kay Jewelers robbery

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Elizabeth City police say the man on the left and the man in the middle, both captured on film by a store surveillance camera, are suspects in the armed robbery of the Kay Jewelers store at the Shoppes at Tanglewood, Saturday night. Police say the third man, on the right, is a "person of interest" in the robbery.

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From staff reports

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Elizabeth City police are seeking three men following the armed robbery of a jewelry store at the Shoppes at Tanglewood Saturday night.

Sgt. Latoya K. Flanigan said Sunday that two men robbed the Kay Jewelers store at 3850 Conlon Way about 8:08 p.m., making off with an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry.

When officers arrived at 8:39 p.m., they found two Kay Jewelers employees unharmed, one of whom had been handcuffed by the robbery suspects during the heist, Flanigan said.

According to Flanigan, the two men, described as black males, are shown on surveillance camera footage entering the store and posing as potential customers. They’re then shown leaving the store for several minutes before returning and ordering the two employees at gunpoint to give them cash and jewelry. During the robbery, the suspects handcuffed one employee and made the other empty jewelry cases, Flanigan said.

One suspect, who has tattoos on his right arm, was wearing a dark-colored shirt with flashy gold colored designs, a black fitted cap and blue jeans, Flanigan said. The other suspect was wearing a two-tone white and camouflage shirt, a dark-colored ball cap and blue jeans.

Police are also seeking a third person they’re describing as a “person of interest” in the robbery. According to Flanigan, that person, also described as a black male, entered the jewelry store before the robbery and then left while it was taking place. He was wearing a ball cap with gold designs, a burgundy polo shirt, either sunglasses or regular eyeware, and jeans, Flanigan said.

The three men left the shopping center’s parking lot in two vehicles, one a late-model Mercedes Benz ML 350 SUV, the other a late-model Toyota Sienna van, according to Flanigan. The van has damage to its rear passenger window on the driver’s side. Their direction of travel was unknown.

Police are urging anyone with additional information about the Kay Jewelers robbery to call 335-4321 or Elizabeth City Police Department Crime Line at 335-5555. Callers will remain anonymous, police said.

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