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Robber bags bling in jewelry heist @ Zales 9-24-2012

By Dale Lezon | Chron.com Friday, September 28, 2012

Authorities released a surveillance video of an armed robbery at a (Zales) jewelry store in northwest Harris County Monday.

The heist happened at the store in the 22500 block of the Tomball Parkway about 10:15 a.m., officials said.

Officials said a man walked into the store, approached a clerk behind a display counter, pulled out a gun and demanded jewelry. The clerk complied, stuffing a significant amount of valuable merchandise in a bag the man had given her. She gave the man the bag and he left.

The man was seen getting into the passenger side of a gold, four-door Saturn and driving away.

The man is described as being about 30 years old. He was about 6 feet 3 inches and he weighed between about 180 pounds and 200 pounds. He wore a Chicago Bulls baseball cap, a black Chicago Bulls T-shirt, blue jean shorts and black tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about the case or the man's identity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 713 222-TIPS or on-line at www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips can also be submitted by text message. Text TIP610 and tips to CRIMES (274637).

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of suspect or charges being filed against him.

All tipsters remain anonymous.

Masked men sought in Zales smash and grab robbery 9-8-2012

Updated at 10:22 PM Wed. September 12, 2012

Robber Robbing Jewelry Store

Christine Dobbyn

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A violent smash-and-grab robbery was caught on video. Men with masks broke cases inside a jewelry store in Fort Bend County and cleared out the place.

Eyewitnesses say the robbers were in and out of the store within two minutes. The video of the robbery was just released, and investigators hope someone will recognize the suspects.

The crooks hit a Zales Outlet Store on the Grand Parkway near Bellaire Boulevard last Saturday afternoon.

The store was back up and running as normal today but last Saturday, yellow tape surrounded the store and inside investigators were collecting evidence and surveying the damage.

Surveillance video released by the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office helps tell the story. A male employee is forced to the floor and stays quiet against the wall during the crime while three masked men tear through the display cases. One leaps over the case as the robbery gets underway while another points a gun at a female employee.

In the next few seconds all three men, armed each with a pick ax, rip open the backs of the display cases and begin pouring jewelry into black bags. Eyewitnesses say the men went straight for the diamonds and seemed to know exactly where to go inside the store.

And while it likely seemed like a lifetime for employees inside, the men were done in minutes after raking five cases clean and running off with thousands of dollars in jewelry thrown into black bags.

But it's not just surveillance video investigators are taking a close look at. As the thieves ran from the store, a savvy eyewitness saw the masked men jump into a gold-colored Chrysler 300. He took a picture as they sped away and sent it to detectives.

Information that leads detectives to the suspects involved could earn a reward of up to $5,000. Call Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office at 281-341-4665, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or text plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tips also can be submitted online at www.fortbend-tx-crimestoppers.org.