GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (April 23, 2014) — Kent County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed to FOX 17 that two Tuesday jewelry robberies that happened more than 140 miles apart are connected.
The first happened at about 12:40 p.m. at Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry on Plainfield Ave. in Grand Rapids. The other heist occurred on the east side of the state at around 5:15 p.m. at Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry in West Bloomfield.
In the Medawar incident, four men entered the store. Kent County deputies say one of the suspects suffered a gunshot wound to the torso after the owner of the store and his son opened fire on the suspects.
Photos from Medawar heist (click to enlarge):
Three men were involved in the Tapper’s robbery. According to WJBK in Detroit, the robbers physically forced people to the ground.
On Wednesday, investigators told FOX 17 the FBI is now involved with the investigation, and blood found at the scene of the Medawar heist may help detectives identify at least one or all of the suspects involved.
Investigators have determined the clothing, bags and red and blue gloves scene in the images are identical in both robberies.
Photos from Tapper’s heist (click to enlarge):
Anyone with information on either of these suspects should contact Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 616-336-3113 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.