The theft suspect was arrested.
A jewelry store owner in Columbus, GA, chased a theft suspect and fired two shots in the process.
A man asked to see a Rolex at Jimmy's Fine Jewelry — and allegedly ended up running away with the watch, which was worth $7,500, the Columbus Ledger-Inquirer reports.
Jimmy Wire, owner of the store, chased the man down the street. Wire said that during the chase, the man appeared at one point to have a gun.
"I pulled my gun out and shot into the ground," Wire told the newspaper. Later in the chase, Wire said he "shot above his head and told him to hit the ground."
Police have arrested John Paul Dube Jr. and charged him with robbery. Police said they don't anticipate filing any charges against Wire.
Police: Robbery suspect Threatened to Detonate Bomb
Police in Los Angeles say a man pointed a gun at jewelry-store employees and told them he would detonate a bomb if they activated an alarm. "The suspect placed an electronic charger on top of a showcase, and directed the employees to put jewelry in a bag. He then fled," the Jewelers' Security Alliance reports. The robbery occurred at a store on E. Cesar Chavez Ave. in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, KTLA-TV reports.
Jeweler and Wife Accused in Diamond-Theft Scheme
Police in Israel have arrested a jewelry-store owner and his wife in a diamond-theft scheme, the Jerusalem Post reports. The wife is accused of stealing diamonds from the diamond-polishing factory where she worked for nine years. She then allegedly turned them over to her husband, who operates a jewelry store in the city of Haifa. The theft amounted to "millions of shekels" worth of diamonds, according to the Post. A shekel is equal to about U.S. 28 cents.
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