$17,000 reward offered in jewelry store robberies

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kent County Sheriff's deputies say the three men who robbed a metro Detroit jewelry store Tuesday afternoon are the same men who earlier in the day held up a Plainfield Avenue jeweler.

Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, three masked men robbed Tapper's Diamonds and Fine Jewelry in West Bloomfield.

WXYZ reports three armed suspects entered the store, ordered everyone to the ground and demanded to see Rolex watches and other jewelry. Police say they then took thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.

Police are looking for three men in a dark-colored Chrysler Town and Country minivan.

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The robbery was less than five hours after four men attempted to rob Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry on Plainfield Avenue. They smashed a glass display case with a hammer and were quickly confronted by owner David Medawar and his father, Paul, both of whom were armed.

One of the suspects was shot in the torso and blood was found at the scene, Kent County investigators said. The men escaped, despite an extensive search in the area.

The FBI is investigating the robberies and has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. Tapper's has offered a $5,000 reward, and Silent Observer and Crime Stoppers of Southeast Michigan are each offering $1,000, for a total reward of $17,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff's Department at (616) 632-6352 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

Below is a news release from the Kent County Sheriff's Department:

On April 23, 2014, we received still photographs from the West Bloomfield jewelry store armed robbery and compared them to the surveillance video and still photographs from the Paul Medawar armed robbery. We determined the clothing, bags, and the red and blue gloves are identical in both robberies.

If anyone has information about the identity of the armed robbers or any of the items used in the armed robbery, please call the Kent County Sheriff Department at 616-336-3113 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.


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