Robbery suspect in referee shirt strikes again
With the latest report out of Delaware on Friday, police now believe the referee shirt-wearing bandit who struck at two Zales stores in Maryland made off with more than $60,000 in jewelry during a spree that lasted about five hours.
In each case, he was wearing a black-and-white referee-style shirt. He apparently was able to ingratiate himself enough with sales staffers to get them to show him jewelry, police said, which he grabbed and took off.
His alleged appointments on Wednesday took him to Columbia, Md. (11 a.m.), Frederick, Md. (noon), and Wilmington, Del. (4 p.m.).
In a news release on Friday, here is how the Delaware State Police described the caper at Gordon’s Jewelers in the Concord Mall:
The suspect “walked into the store and approached the service counter. This subject struck up a conversation with the sales associate and established a degree of comfort and trust with her. The suspect asked to see a 2.08 carat diamond ring and the employee removed it from the display case. She handed the ring to the suspect at which time the suspect turned and literally sprinted out of the store. He next ran through Macy’s and out of the back side of the mall.”
Delaware police said the same suspect struck at Zales that day in Frederick and Columbia. In Columbia, he got two diamond rings valued at $26,000, according to Maryland state police. In Frederick, he asked to look at two diamond rings, prompting the saleswoman to place both rings on her thumb, police said. At that point, the suspect allegedly reached across the counter, pulled both rings off the saleswoman’s thumb, and fled the store. Total value: $18,900.
The latest description of the suspect: a black male between 20 and 25 years old and between 5' 8" and 5' 10", clean shaven, dark complexion, average build, wearing the referee shirt and a baseball cap.
Anyone with information is asked to call 301-600-4151 in Maryland or 302-761-6677, ext. 305, in Delaware.
-- Dan Morse
December 4, 2009; 3:50 PM ET
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