HIALEAH (CBSMiami) – Hialeah police have released surveillance video that they hope will help catch the crooks who ambushed two jewelry store employees.
The armed robbery took place inside Ariel’s Jewelry store located at 2476 W 60th Street on Thursday, September 3rd. It was about 9:30 a.m. when the two female employees were ambushed shortly after opening the store for business.
The three masked and armed suspects got into the store by breaking through the dry-wall partition of an adjacent business, a travel agency. The two women were tied up and restrained during the robbery but were not hurt.
A third female victim, who is an employee of the travel agency, was also assaulted when she walked into her store while the robbery next door was in progress. The surveillance video shows the first suspect, who removed his ski mask for a moment, struggling with the third victim outside her store, in an apparent attempt to stop her from calling the police from her cell phone.
That suspect is described as a white Latin male, 20-25 years old, 5’10” and thin with blonde dreadlocks.
The second suspect is described as a white Latin male, 45-55 years old, 5’6″ – 5’8″ and heavy set with short gray hair. Suspect three is also a white Latin male, 25-35 years old, 5’10” and muscular build with blue eyes.
All four suspects left the scene in a mid-to-late 1990’s white Chevy Express van with an undisclosed amount of jewelry.
Investigators say the crooks are believed to be the same men who committed an almost identical armed robbery on May 30th, 2015 at Luany Jewelry located at 1738 W 49 St. In that robbery, two female employees had just opened the store when they were ambushed by 3 masked and armed gunmen who broke in through the wall of the vacant store next door. No one was injured and the robbers got away with cash and jewelry.
Anyone with information is urged to call: Hialeah Police at 305-687-2525 or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477 (TIPS).