Chatham New Jersey police are on the lookout for two suspects who allegedly committed an armed robbery of a local jewelry store.
According to law enforcement, the suspects held up the store around 11:00 a.m. The two suspects reportedly walked into Crescent Jewelers, located on Main Street in Chatham Township, and approached the store’s co-owner. The suspects allegedly took out a handgun and pointed the weapon at the head of the victim. The suspects then allegedly used tape to tie up the victim while they ransacked the store.
The suspects reportedly managed to get away with between 200 and 300 expensive pieces of jewelry, including diamond rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Once the suspects had the jewelry, they reportedly exited the building and got into a silver Jeep. The vehicle was last seen traveling away from Chatham Township.
The jewelry that the suspects allegedly stole is valued at between $3,000 and $10,000.
Detectives with Chatham police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office are currently investigating the jewelry store robbery. However, the store does not have any security cameras, so investigators have not yet been able to identify the robbers.
If authorities can eventually identify and apprehend the suspects, the men would probably be charged with armed robbery and illegal handgun possession, among other serious felonies. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, a person who commits a theft while using a deadly weapon like a handgun or knife can be charged with a first degree criminal offense. A conviction for first degree armed robbery could result in a sentence of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Chatham Jewelry Store Owner Held at Gunpoint during Robbery, Report Says.”