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Thieves grab $500K in jewelry from Snellville store

SNELLVILLE -- A man who walked into a Snellville jewelry store last week under the guise of shopping for watches for Father's Day left with about a half million dollars worth of jewelry.

The suspect had a female sidekick, according to a Gwinnett County Police report, who took keys from a store employee to open the jewelry cases, then made off with jewelry from a Kay Jewelers at 1350 Scenic Highway in The Shoppes at Webb Gin. The man entered the store by himself on Wednesday morning, and pushed two store employees to the ground, pulled out a handgun, then put plastic zip ties on the male employee.

He then ordered the female employee to the store's safe and took items from it, then grabbed about $200 in cash from the store's cash registers.

The original dollar value of merchandise stolen was believed to be $700,000, but was revised to about $500,000, Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith said.

Before the heist was over, the woman used a stun gun on both employees, then, "the two suspects calmly walked out of the store and into the parking lot," the report said.

Each suspect is black and believed to be between 24 years old and 30 years old, the report said. The man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 155 pounds, wore khaki pants, a white T-shirt and a white shirt with blue checker stripes on it, a tan brim-style hat, sunglasses and blue shoes with white soles. The woman, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 120 pounds, wore black jeans, black shoes and a yellow shirt with a screen print on the front. She wore a gray-colored ball cap.

Store surveillance video captured the robbery, and one of the store employees said the suspects may have left in a small black car.