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Man ties up jewelry store owner in Stafford County robbery

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By KEITH EPPS

0410suspect-newAn armed man got away with money and jewelry after robbing and tying up the owner of a Stafford County jewelry store Thursday morning, police said.

Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said the heist took place about 9:53 a.m. at Darian Jewelers at 364 Garrisonville Road in North Stafford.

The owner reported that he had just opened the store when a man came in behind him and threatened him with a handgun. Kennedy said the robber forced the owner to open a safe, then tied his hands and locked him in a bathroom.

It took the victim about 30 minutes to get himself untied and call for help. Deputies surrounded the area and a police dog tried to track the robber, but the robber was not found. He took an undisclosed amount of money and jewelry before leaving.

The robber was described as a white man, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 230 to 240 pounds. He was wearing dark clothing and boots, a skull cap and dark glasses with a bandana over his face.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 658-4400 or Crime Solvers at 659-2020.

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