Armed Robbery of a jewelry store

On August 6th at approximately 2:41 p.m. officers responded to a 911 report of an armed robbery of a jewelry store in the 2300 block of Rainier Avenue South.  Preliminary investigation indicates that two male suspects wearing skeleton masks entered the business and demanded jewelry and money.  The business was occupied by one employee and a female customer.  The female customer saw the suspects enter and immediately fled out of the south doors.

One of the suspects pointed a handgun at the lone employee and demanded money.  The other suspect used a hammer and smashed out all of the glass display cases.  After grabbing cash and jewelry the suspects ran out the north door of the business and fled the area in a gold-colored van.  The store employee was not injured.

Officers conducting an area search for the suspects found the gold van unoccupied in the 1500 block of Sturgess Avenue South.  A registration check showed that the suspect vehicle was stolen out of Seattle.  The van was subsequently impounded and taken to the evidence garage for processing.

The suspects remain at large.  (There is no suspect description available at this time)

Robbery detectives are actively investigating.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identities or whereabouts of the suspects is asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535.  Anonymous tips are welcome.