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Dynasty Jewelers Robbed in Downtown Rehoboth Beach

Police are looking for two men and a woman who robbed the Dynasty Jewelers in downtown Rehoboth Beach just before 4 p.m. Saturday. This is the city’s first reported robbery for 2014.

Dynasty Jewelers Robbed in Downtown Rehoboth Beach

Police say three suspects robbed the Dynasty Jewelers in Penny Lane Mall in the ocean block of Rehoboth Avenue Saturday afternoon. Lt. William L. Sullivan, Rehoboth Beach police spokesman, says officers responded to the store at 42 Rehoboth Avenue for a reported strong-armed robbery around 3:50 p.m.

The clerk told police that two black men and a black woman entered the store and stood in a tight group in front of a display case. They were obstructing the clerk’s view, who was on the other side of the store.

While attempting to block her view, Lt. Sullivan says one of the men lifted the top glass of the display case and removed a tray with about seven diamond rings attached to it.

The clerk suddenly realized what happened and demanded that they return the jewelry.

But one of the men along with the woman ran from the store, headed south through Penny Lane Mall, Lt. Sullivan says. The third suspect with the jewelry in his possession also fled, but he ran west on Rehoboth Avenue after a brief struggle with the clerk who attempted to restrain him by holding his shirt.

He is described as a black man about 6′ tall with short hair in his mid to late 30′s. He wore a dark purple polo shirt and dark-colored dress pants. Police described the second suspect as a black male with short hair about 6′ tall, average build, wearing a blue polo shirt with horizontal stripes and dark-colored dress pants. The third suspect is the female who was about 5′ 6″ and wearing a wig with hair that was tampered to the collar. She wore a brown shirt and slacks.

Lt. Sullivan says no weapons were displayed at any time. No demands or threats were made. No notes were displayed. There were no injuries. Estimated value of jewelry stolen is between $20,000 and $40,000. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 302-227-2577.

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Alan Henney

Written by Alan Henney

Alan Henney is a lifelong Rehoboth Beach seasonal visitor although born and raised in Washington, D.C. He worked several years in D.C. TV news and has been writing the “Rehoboth Weekend Update” for more than 15 years. He earned a BA in journalism with honors and an MBA in computer info systems, both from George Washington Univ. He is also a diehard radio geek. If you have a news story or question, please e-mail him at alan@henney.com