Police: Suit and Tie-Clad Man Robbed Zales
A man stole about $116,000 from the Zales at the Owings Mills Mall, police said.
Baltimore County police said Monday they are investigating an incident in which a man wearing a suit and tie robbed Zales in the Owings Mills mall at gunpoint earlier this month.
In the incident, police said the man stole approximately 50 rings valued at $116,000 after holding up the store on Monday, May 7, at 7:20 p.m.
“He had asked to see a ring, and when [the employee] unlocked the case, that’s when he threw the bag on the counter and pulled the gun and told them to fill the bag up,” said Lt. Stephen Doarnberger, assistant commander of the Baltimore County Police's Franklin Precinct.
The suspect, dressed in business attire, lured the two female employees into a back room after collecting the rings and then fled the scene, police said.
The mall has a vacancy rate of more than 50 percent, and Doarnberger said that means fewer witnesses are around for a robbery of this type.
This is not the first robbery of its type at a jeweler in the area.
In January, three men were charged in an armed robbery at Antony Jewelers in Owings Mills in which the men smashed jewelry cases and stole custom jewelry, rings and watches, valued over $100,000, police said.
Also, armed robberies at jewelers in malls have happened elsewhere in the region.
Last April, three men were charged in an armed robbery at a jewelry store in the Mall in Columbia, where they got away with about $300,000 in "high-end watches," Howard County Police said.