Shotgun, hammer reportedly used in armed robbery at Village mall, RNC seek suspect
RNC looking for the masked suspect who fled in a four-door red car toward Topsail Road
A man used a hammer and what appeared to be a shotgun in an attempt to rob Charm Diamond Centre in the Village Shopping Centre in St. John's Thursday night, according to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
It was the second armed robbery at the store in a month.
Police were called to the scene around 9:15 p.m. Thursday. One person approached the store with a weapon and got away with a "quantity of jewelry," an officer said.
New information released Friday said the suspect had not fired the gun, contrary to information initially received by police. The suspect smashed the glass jewelry cases inside the store with a hammer.
The RNC is warning people to never intervene during an armed robbery, after investigators learned bystanders tried to stop the suspect from fleeing.
The suspect is described as a 5'5" tall man with a slim build. It's believed he fled in a red, four-door, older model car toward the area of Topsail Road from Columbus Drive.
Both store staff and police confirm that nobody was hurt.
Investigators want to speak with anyone who has dashcam video or who witnessed anything suspicious in the area of the rear parking lot, near Klondike Jake's, of the Village Shopping Center.
A lone <a href="https://twitter.com/RNC_PoliceNL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RNC_PoliceNL</a> cruiser still on the scene following an armed robbery at a jewelry store at the Village Mall Thursday evening. <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCNL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CBCNL</a> <a href="https://t.co/4loY16iWnD">pic.twitter.com/4loY16iWnD</a>—@Fred_Hutton
Charm Diamond Centre was also robbed in October by a man with a firearm wearing a motorcycle helmet. Police could not say whether the two robberies are related.