Police say the trio of robbers came in the store -- Ora Designers Fine Jewelers -- with guns drawn and handcuffed the employees on the floor while they cleaned out the cabinets.
Investigators said they don't think Friday's robbery was the first jewelry store the thieves has robbed. They say novelty handcuffs is the common element linking it to a robbery last week at Perry Brothers Jewelers in Cary.
"They would be the type of handcuffs you would buy in maybe a Spencer's," Maj. Dennis Lane, of the Raleigh Police Department, said. "They were not police-issued handcuffs."
The owner of the Cary jewelry store, Randolph Perry, said the thief fired a warning shot into the counter and then wiped out his entire inventory in just 10 minutes.
The Raleigh Police Department released a composite image of one of the three suspects Friday afternoon. He is described as being in his 20s or 30s and standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds. He reportedly spoke with a Brooklyn accent, police said.
The suspect may have small braids in his hair and a thin mustache. He was wearing a navy colored windbreaker with a red 2-inch wide vertical stripe on the right front.
No description is available for the other suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department's Detective Division at
or Crime Stoppers at
(919) 226-2746 (226-CRIME)
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