December 21, 1996 in City

Diamond Heist Prompts Warning

From Staff And Wire Reports

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives are cautioning pawn stores and other businesses that purchase jewelry about a diamond heist that occurred in Kennewick on Thursday evening.

A lone gunman entered Stotts Jewelers, which was packed with customers and clerks at 6 p.m.

The man threatened everyone with a semi-automatic pistol, then used a baseball bat to shatter glass display cases. The bandit made off with $250,000 to $300,000 worth of diamonds, according to Kennewick police.

No one was injured by the suspect, who was described as either a white or Hispanic male, 20-25 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 160-pounds.

The thief was dressed in dark clothing that included black leather gloves and a dark-colored ski mask.

Persons in Spokane approached about buying diamond rings, bracelets or necklaces should call Crime Check at 456-2233.

, DataTimes

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