2 men hiding faces behind paper towels rob Pittsburgh jewelry store, tie up owner in closet

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Two men with paper towels partially covering their faces robbed a Downtown jewelry store owner and bound him Monday evening, Pittsburgh police said today.

The owner of Jewelry Deposit on Smithfield Street told police two men who appeared to be carrying revolvers came into the store shortly before 8 p.m. He said one man told him to lay down on the floor while the other tried to close the blinds, according to a press release from police spokeswoman Diane Richard.

One of the men then told the owner to stand up then put a gun to his back and told him to open the register, Ms. Richard said.

The robbers took cash but left the jewelry behind.

The store owner told police the robbers forced him into a closet, put zip ties on his wrist and shut the door, Ms. Richard said. She said the store owner broke free and ran out the store, at which point he spotted a dark four-door car making a U-turn and driving down Smithfield Street toward Station Square.

The owner, whose name police did not release, told police the video system in his store is not working but should be shortly.

Police have made no arrests.

Police asked anyone with information to call the robbery squad at 412-323-7151.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1438. Twitter: @LizNavratil. First Published October 8, 2013 8:30 AM


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