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Robbers hit Turlock jewelry store
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Turlock Police officers and detectives investigate a robbery at Yonans Fine Jewelry on Wednesday by two masked men, one armed with a gun and the other a sledgehammer. - photo by FRANKIE TOVAR/The Journal


Two men, one armed with a handgun and the other toting a sledgehammer, robbed a Turlock jewelry store Wednesday, escaping with an undisclosed amount of jewels.

The “smash and grab” robbery occurred around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Yonan’s Fine Jewelry at 2485 Geer Road, the Turlock Police Department reported.

The two masked robbers entered the store and the one armed with a gun ordered all the employees to get on the ground, while the one with the sledgehammer smashed two jewelry cases, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.

The robbers grabbed handfuls of jewelry and watches before fleeing the store. The sledgehammer was left behind at the scene.

The vehicle the suspects were seen leaving in was found a short distance away in an alley in the 200 block of De Pauw Drive, Lewis said. Witnesses told the police a vehicle was heard speeding away from the area. There was no description of the second vehicle available.

No injuries were reported in the robbery.

None of the stolen property has been recovered.

Both suspects were described as being between 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing between 180 to 220 pounds. They were both wearing black hooded sweatshirts, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspects is asked to contact Turlock Police Detective Timothy Redd at 664-7325.

The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.