By Mary Wilson
In as little as sixty seconds, a sixty-six year old man with a sawed-off shotgun entered Crews Jewelry on 13th Street in Grandview at around 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, and was quickly met outside by Grandview Police. While in the store, the suspect demanded the jewelry from the cases be removed for him. The employee obliged, and then saw an opportunity to reach for the weapon. In the process, a shot was fired into the back wall of the store. As the suspect left the store, police were waiting for him outside.
“We have one amazing police department,” said Crews Jewelry Owner Carolyn Crews Pope. “Everyone is fine, quite shaken up of course. In our 42 years, it’s the first time this has happened.”
No merchandise was taken during the robbery in the store. According to the owner, it is a risk of owning a jewelry business for instances such as this to happen. Crews Jewelry has taken that into consideration with their location being so close to the police department.
“It’s amazing what can happen in sixty seconds,” said Pope. “The police were just absolutely phenomenal. Their efforts saved us. Period. We are lucky we had such a positive ending. The police were so professional, had it together and I’m proud of them. I’m proud of my people, and I’m proud of the police.”
The suspect was taken into custody, and a $300,000 bond has been set.