REDLANDS – Police are still searching for a third suspect after two teenagers were arrested after an armed robbery at a jewelry store on Wednesday. On Friday morning, Redlands police were still searching for a black male in his early 20s.
Two male employees and a female customer were inside the Tekin Brothers Jewelers at 9980 Alabama St., Suite B, at about noon on Nov. 5. The jewelry store is located in the Redlands Town Center. Police said the suspects, described as three black males armed with handguns, entered the store. The robbers held up the store, escaping with merchandise, according to police accounts.
The two male employees, including the owner who reportedly had a tooth knocked loose, were injured during the robbery. Investigators did not release the nature of the injuries. Police spokesman Carl Baker disclosed that the injuries were not gunshot wounds. Baker also said the condition of those injured was still not known.
Police set up a perimeter around the store, quickly locating two suspects, ages 16 and 17, whose names were not released. Investigators also discovered evidence that linked them to the robbery.
The third suspect, last seen wearing a light colored shirt and black pants, was also described as being 6-feet, 1-inch tall with slender build. Witnesses told police that the three men split up as they exited Tekin jewelers, the two teenagers heading off into a nearby orange grove, where they were eventually caught.
Some of the stolen jewelry recovered was worth in excess of $1,000 apiece, according to reports. One customer’s wedding ring, which was apparently being sized in the store during the crime, was stolen. Police, whose headquarters are within a few miles of the jewelry store, were alerted to the robbery by a silent alarm.
Redlands Daily Facts: 2 arrested after Redlands jewelry store robbery