Armed robbers steal $500,000 from a Fort Worth jewelry store

Two men got away with an estimated $500,000 in diamonds, jewelry and cash from the Jared jewelry store in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 26, police reportedly said.

The men entered the store at Hulen Mall around 9 p.m., shortly before closing, a police spokesman told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Both were wearing ski masks and white gloves, according to a police report. One was carrying a revolver, and the other had a semiautomatic handgun, according to a police report. The two men ordered the store’s security guard to lie on the floor and took his weapon, police reportedly said.

The men then ordered about nine customers and the store employees to lie on the floor, the spokesman told the newspaper. The men said they would kill people if they were not given all the store’s loose diamonds, rings and currency, the report said.

One employee helped one of the robbers load a plastic bag with loose diamonds, police reportedly said. An employee also gave the men access to money in a safe.

Someone in the store at the time of the robbery was assaulted by one of the men, the report said. No one was seriously injured.

The suspects left the store in a dark-colored four-door vehicle that resembled a Ford Taurus, police reportedly said.

Investigators believe that the two men are also behind the robbery of a Zales Jewelers Outlet in west Fort Worth this month, police reportedly said.

Police cited the similar descriptions of the suspects from both cases, the fact they wore ski masks and white gloves, and the timing and technique of both robberies as indications that they were performed by the same men.

Investigators have some leads and expect to look at the store’s surveillance footage early this week, Jones said.