Report: Robbers take more than $1M in merchandise from downtown jewelry store

VIDEO: Police search for leads in $1 M jewelry store armed robbery
Authorities say the suspect vehicle is believed to be a green, two-tone Pontiac Montana which fled south on King Street and turned west on Beaufain Street. No tags appeared to be attached on the vehicle.
Authorities say the suspect vehicle is believed to be a green, two-tone Pontiac Montana which fled south on King Street and turned west on Beaufain Street. No tags appeared to be attached on the vehicle.
Authorities say the suspect vehicle is believed to be a green, two-tone Pontiac Montana which fled south on King Street and turned west on Beaufain Street. No tags appeared to be attached on the vehicle.
Authorities say the suspect vehicle is believed to be a green, two-tone Pontiac Montana which fled south on King Street and turned west on Beaufain Street. No tags appeared to be attached on the vehicle.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - More than a million dollars in merchandise was stolen during an armed robbery Wednesday at a downtown jewelry store, according to a police incident report.

Authorities say two male subjects, one armed with a hammer and the other with a gun, robbed the Demetre Jewelers on 253 King Street on Wednesday at 11:23 a.m. The pair left the store with an estimated $1.05 million in merchandise, according to the incident report.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Charleston police recovered a van, a green, two-tone Pontiac Montana, they say was used in the robbery. The van was located in downtown Charleston on 30 Coming Street.

According to police, one of the suspects ordered an employee to the ground, while the other broke the case and stole Rolex watches. The hammer was used to smash a showcase, said CPD spokesman Charles Francis.

Investigators describe both of the suspects as black males in their 20s and wearing black masks. One suspects is described as 6'2" and having a large build, while the other is described as 5'8" with a thin build.

Folks who work at nearby businesses were shocked to hear what happened.

"It just happened basically right in front of our faces, pretty bold," said Erin Rice who manages Palm Avenue next door to Demetre Jewelers.

"You think you're safe because but down here you have no clue, you have no clue at all, come in with a hammer in the daytime. It's gonna blow your mind," said Justin Hansen who manages Old Town Restaurant.

Police are asking anyone who saw anyone leaving getaway vehicle on Coming Street or anyone with information about the robbery to call Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111, Consolidated Dispatch at (843) 743-7200 and ask for the on-call detective CPD detective or Inv. English at (843) 720-2373.

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