Traveling salespersons robbed outside an Atlanta-area jewelry store

A husband and wife traveling together as a jewelry sales team were the victims of an armed robbery outside a Marietta, Ga., jewelry store. The thieves are believed to be members of one of the South American gangs that have been targeting traveling salespersons for some time.

The robbery occurred July 16 outside the Edward-Johns Inc. jewelry store, 1279 Johnson Ferry Road, in front of the Merchants Walk shopping center.

The victims, who were not identified, weren’t injured. The woman represents Charles Garnier, and the man represents Erwin Reu of Union, N.J., said Vincent Ferrante, vice president for U.S. operations for Charles Garnier, Cranston, R.I.

The value of the merchandise has yet to be determined. The victims told Ferrante that the robbers were two South Americans.

Ferrante told JCK that the man had dropped off his wife outside the jewelry store and went to park the car. After parking his car he went to the trunk to remove two cases of samples. It was then that two men approached. One put a gun to his head and told him to give up the jewelry cases. They took the cases, ran across the parking lot to their car, and drove away. The victim’s wife was in the store.

Police told them that they believe the robbers were hiding in nearby bushes.

“It happened very fast,” Ferrante said. “They were parked the in parking lot and watching the store for a while,” Ferrante said. “They were crouched down behind bushes.”

Police told the victims that they believed the robbers had staked out the jewelry store, Ferrante said. This is the second such incident at the jewelry store, with the first occurring four weeks earlier and in the same manner. Both robberies happened on a Monday. Ferrante adds that the police believe the same persons may have committed both robberies.

The victims were traveling together as safety precaution. “It’s suppose to be the safest way to travel,” Ferrante said.