Springfield police searching for masked jewel thieves

Springfield police search for four suspects in jewelry store robbery

The Springfield Police Division has released surveillance video from Wednesday’s Kay Jewelers robbery in hopes that the public can help bring four suspects to justice.

The video shows the men wearing dark clothes and black or camouflage face masks rush into the store, with one of them waving a gun. The two employees in the store moved behind the counter with their hands in the air.

One of the men tried to kick open a jewelry case, while the others made the two employees open other cases.

In addition to dark clothing, all of the men can be seen wearing blue latex gloves in the video.

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Police said the masked robbers told the employees not to push a panic button or call police while they were in the store.

The men then ran out of the front and back doors. Lt. Lou Turner said a car was waiting for them in the parking lot.

“I think they were in the store less than two minutes,” he said.

The incident happened around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, which is just about when the business was set to close for the day.

A police report says jewelry, money and business keys were taken during the robbery, but it wasn’t clear what the value of those things were.

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“(The store) is actually doing inventory still on what was all taken, so we haven’t got that final result back,” Turner said.

Molding to a jewelry case was also damaged where one of the suspects tried to break the glass.

No one was hurt during the incident, but medical personnel was called for one of the employees who was having anxiety issues after the robbery.

As of Thursday evening, no arrests have been made in the case.

Police said if anyone knows anything relating to the robbery, they’re encouraged to call the division at (937) 324-7680.

“We’d be glad to have any phone calls to help us out with this incident,” Turner said.

Turner said the business was back open to customers on Thursday.

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