Three suspects robbed a Frederick jewelry store Tuesday afternoon. The robbery occurred at Colonial Jewelers on South Market Street.
Frederick Police say officers responded to the store at around 1:30 p.m.
Surveillance video from inside the store shows one of the suspects brandishing a gun as they entered and another using pepper spray during the robbery.
They went right to the Rolex display case and stole fists full of watches.
"30 seconds, they were in and out," says Patty Hurwitz, whose family has owned Colonial Jewelers in the heart of downtown Frederick for 65 years. "They came in with a gun and pepper spray. Everybody forced on the ground. Our employees are well-trained to do exactly what they're told, and thank God they did exactly what they were told and everybody went on the ground. They smashed the case, grabbed the Rolexes and out the door they were."
Hurwitz says she thinks the bandits were at her store scouting their merchandise a couple of weeks ago.
They also might they be the same men who were caught on camera Monday smashing a display case inside the Zales jewelry store in Pentagon City -- stealing 27 diamond rings.
"I had seen (Monday's surveillance video on TV), and when I looked up from my desk and I saw the guy heading toward me, that was the first thing I thought -- they're here. Same ones."
Frederick Police say they are looking into that possibility.
"We're in communication with Arlington (Police Department)," says Frederick Police Lt. Clark Pennington. "We're reviewing their information and showing them our information and seeing if they link up. And if they do, we'll work it cooperatively."
In both cases, it appears the bandits used a hammer to break open the display cases. In Tuesday's caper, the hammer was dropped and left behind. Their victims were left to deal with the effects of being pepper sprayed. But police say they are all OK physically.
The suspects were seen leaving in a dark-colored truck or SUV.
The first block of W. Patrick was closed to traffic after the robbery, but later reopened to traffic.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Corporal A. Lapp at 301-600-6390 or contact the Frederick Police Department anonymously at 301-600-8477 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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