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Posted at 3:48 PM ET, 11/19/2010

$350K jewel theft at Va. motel: Police

By Jennifer Buske

Prince William County police are looking for two men they say pulled off one of the highest-dollar robberies ever to take place in the county after they stole $350,000 in jewelry from a guest staying at the Super 8 Motel in Dumfries.

Police said on Nov. 18 at 8:14 a.m. a 50-year-old man from Great Neck, N.Y., reported to police that two unknown men pulled up in a silver four-door vehicle and blocked him in while he was trying to get into his car parked at the hotel, located at 17416 Jefferson Davis Highway.

The victim said the men then exited their vehicle and approached him. While one man displayed a handgun and demanded property, police said, the other broke the victim's passenger-side window and took a cell phone and a suitcase full of jewelry and a cell phone. No injuries were reported.

The robbery seems like a targeted attack, according to Prince William Police Spokesman Jonathan Perok. "Apparently he was here on business and had that kind of property with him," Perok said "There seems to be something more to it."

A Super 8 employee, who wished to remain anonymous because of the investigation, said he was just finishing his overnight shift when the incident happened. He said he was getting ready to leave when the victim came running in crying. The employee said the man asked how to call the police because he had just been robbed.

"This is a 24 hour motel and I've never seen anything like this," the employee said, noting he called 911. "It also surprised me it happened in daylight."

The employee said the man had spent the night in the hotel, which caters to the military and a lot of business workers, especially those in construction. About 40 to 50 people were staying at the hotel at the time, but the employee said he doesn't think anyone saw the robbery occur.

Police are on the lookout for two Hispanic males, one who was reported to be 5'7" and 150 pounds. Their ages are unknown, police said, and no description was provided for the second suspect.

Both men were last seen wearing black hooded sweatshirts, dark jeans and scarves covering their faces.

Their vehicle was descried as a "newer" four-door, silver Toyota Camry with New York tags. Anyone with information can call Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700 or 1-866-411-TIPS.

By Jennifer Buske  | November 19, 2010; 3:48 PM ET
Categories:  Pr. William  
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sure, I believe every word of this story.

Posted by: OldSalt8 | November 20, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Why would anyone be carrying around something of that value anyway? That's what armed security companies are for. Sounds like an inside job to me.

Posted by: Nghbrhdwatch | November 20, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Why would a guy carrying 350K worth of jewelry be staying at a Super 8?

Posted by: raduga37 | November 20, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

DUMBfries ...

Posted by: lilhornie | November 20, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

The victim was likely a traveling salesman than sells jewelry to retail stores. They are typically Hasidic Jews. There have been many high publicity cases of strong arm robberies against these salesman.

Posted by: buffysummers | November 22, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

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