The Clayton Police Department is searching for a robber accused of stealing several pieces of merchandise from a jewelry store in downtown Clayton.
Police were called to The Diamond Shop, 12 N Central Ave, at approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday, where some of the shop’s employees were robbed at gunpoint.
According to police, the suspect walked into the store and asked to be waited on. While pretending to be a customer, he pulled out a handgun and told employees they were being robbed. He put several pieces of jewelry in a bag.
The suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of merchandise, according to police. No other customers were in the store at the time of the robbery and no injuries were reported.
“There was merchandise stolen but we do not have an inventory on that as of yet. They’re working on getting that for us,” Clayton Detective Lieutenant Al Thuet said.
The suspect, according to Thuet, is a black male, approximately 30 to 40 years old, around 5 foot, 10 inches with a medium build and scruffy beard. Witnesses said he was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with an assortment of black writing in the form of a pattern, according to police.
The suspect also had on a black jacket, a Chicago Bulls leather-type baseball hat with a flat brim and was carrying a tan or canvas-colored Michael Kohrs backpack, possibly with a broken strap on it.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Clayton Police Department at 314-645-3000.
A sign on the door said The Diamond Shop would be closed for the remainder of the day Thursday due to the emergency but that it would re-open during regular business hours at 10 a.m. Friday.
One of the oldest jewelry stores in St. Louis, The Diamond Shop has been selling engagement rings, fashion jewelry and watches since 1910. Owned and operated by the Kohn family since 1948, The Diamond Shop has been open for business in Clayton in 1986.