Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pennsylvania: Shots thwart Shrewsbury jewelry store heist

Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania

From the York Daily Record of October 16, 2009
Shots thwart Shrewsbury jewelry store heist

Two people attempting to rob a Shrewsbury jewelry store Friday night were chased away when the store owner fired a shot at one of them, according to Southern Regional Police.

Chief James Childs said a man and woman walked into Alexander's Jewelry in the 400 block of South Main Street shortly before 8 p.m.

The woman brandished a gun, and the man attempted to put a pair of "flex" handcuffs on a customer - there were two customers and two employees in the store at the time - Childs said.

As the robber tried to put the handcuffs on the customer, the two got into a scuffle.

At that point, store owner Ken Zampier pulled out a gun and fired a shot at the female robber, Childs said.

Police believe the first shot might have hit the woman.

Both robbers took off, the chief said, and Zampier fired a second shot.

The man and woman were last seen running on South Main Street in Shrewsbury.

Police believe the woman might have ended up at a hospital in the Baltimore or Baltimore County area with a gunshot wound. Police in Maryland were also looking into a 911 radio report of a woman being dropped off in Baltimore County with a gunshot wound.

None of the customers or the employees at the store were injured in the robbery attempt, Childs said.

Stewartstown Police and the York County Forensics Unit were called to the scene to assist.

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