Police: Jewelry store employee thwarts robbery attempt

The Fresno BeeJune 27, 2014 

A man working in the back room of a jewelry store in southeast Fresno stopped an armed robbery attempt Friday by grabbing a loaded shotgun and frightening off the two armed men that were trying to rob his coworkers, police said.

Fresno Police Lt. Joe Gomez said the attempted robbery occurred around 3:44 p.m. at Marlene's Jewelry Store on 5665 E. Kings Canyon Road. The victims told police that the two men asked to see some jewelry, then pulled out handguns and made them lie down on the floor. The men fled eastbound through a parking lot after the third employee emerged with a gun.

Police did not locate the two suspects. One man was described as Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 130 pounds, wearing a blue polo shirt and blue jeans, 20-22 years old. The other man was described as Hispanic, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180-200 pounds, wearing a black shirt and tan pants, 25 years old.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP. A reward up to $1,000 will be awarded for information leading to an arrest.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6015 or at rappleton@fresnobee.com.

The Fresno Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service