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Two men posing as utility workers today displayed a gun, tied up employees and robbed a Carmel jewelry store of about $200,000 in valuables before fleeing, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office reported. The men arrived at Hesselbein’s Jewelers in the Carmel Crossroads Shopping Center at 143 Crossroads Blvd. at about 11:15 a.m. and told employees they were utility workers there to repair a gas leak, deputies said. Both were wearing white hard hats, orange reflective safety vests and tan or brown pants, witnesses told deputies.
The men then brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and proceeded to tie up the employees, deputies said. The suspects grabbed an estimated $200,000 of jewelry from display cases and exited out the back door. The store’s owner freed herself, called law enforcement and deputies began searching for the suspects but could not locate them. The robbery suspects were described as black men, one around 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing about 260 pounds, the other about 5 feet 11 inches in height and 220 pounds, deputies said.
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