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Calaveras County Sheriff's Office
Friday February 1st, 2013 :: 10:14 a.m. PST


Update - Armed Robbery in Copperopolis


Contact: Sgt Chris Hewitt, PIO
Release Date: 02/01/13
Release Number: 2

UPDATE: Armed Robbery of Copperopolis Jewelry Store

(Copperopolis, CA) On 01/31/13 at approx. 2:30 pm Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies, detectives, and Angels Camp Police officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at Firefall Jewelry located in the Copper Town Square in Copperopolis. According to the store clerk the suspect walked into the store and displayed a round object, stating that it was a hand grenade. The suspect also told the clerk that he had an accomplice outside on a roof with a “high powered rifle”. Furthermore, the suspect declared that he had a package that he would leave behind the building, indicating that it possibly contained an explosive device. After stealing a significant amount of jewelry he walked out of and away from the store. A witness who was interviewed during the investigation confirmed that they had seen a man matching the suspect’s description place the package on the ground behind the building.

The Calaveras Sheriff’s EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) Unit was called to the scene. They examined the packaged and rendered it safe. The package did not contain explosives.

Calaveras Sheriff’s detectives are actively investigating this crime. They are looking for the suspect who is described as a Caucasian adult male with a bruised eye, 5’-10” in height, brown hair, medium build, and approx. 30 years of age. He was last seen wearing a red hat and a black sweat-type jacket. Detectives also believe the suspect possibly fled the area in a teal or dark green color Ford Ranger step-side truck. The loss to Firefall Jewelry is only being described as “significant” at this time.

If you should have any information to aid in this investigation the Sheriff’s Office asks that you call 209-754-6500 (main) or the Detective Tip Line at 209-754-6030. You can remain anonymous.

Calaveras County Sheriff's Office
Jeff Tuttle Dr
San Andreas, CA 95249

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 209-754-6500

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