by Mandy Moran Froemming
The Anoka Police Department has issued a crime alert following a robbery at a downtown jewelry store.
Dan Gould Jewelers, located at 120 E. Main St., was robbed by four men during in the middle of the night Jan. 19.
Police were able to obtain video from the jewelry store’s surveillance system, showing the four men they suspect are responsible for the robbery.
The men smashed a window to gain entry to the store and then smashed display cases to get access to the jewelry. Police report the suspects were inside the store for less than a minute.
These men were also in the jewelry store the previous day, according to the jewelry store’s staff, and were seen on surveillance video. Still photos from the video have been released as part of the alert in an effort to capture the suspects.
According to Capt. Scott Nolan of the Anoka Police Department, police think the same group may have robbed an Anoka pawn shop back in December 2011 and believe the Gould’s break-in is connected to two jewelry store robberies in Wayzata that took place in November 2011 and Jan. 25.
Police ask that if business staff recognize these men in their store, they call 911. If the suspects leave before police arrive, people are asked to try to find out their vehicle type and license number, if they can do so safely.
Employees should also be on the lookout for suspicious behavior.
“If someone comes into a store and they are asking inappropriate questions, or something doesn’t seem right, they should call police,” said Nolan.
If you have information about this crime, you are asked to contact Investigator Tom Schneider at 763-576-2817.
Police are also reaching out the community through the Anoka Police Department’s Facebook page, where photos of the suspects are posted.
Mandy Moran Froemming is at firstname.lastname@example.org