CRIMESTOPPERS / HPD
Police are looking for this man, suspected of robbing Hallmark Jewelers at Ala Moana Center last Saturday. A man with a similar description is suspected of robbing a Ward Warehouse jewelry store on Thursday.
Possible link observed between robberies at 2 jewelry stores
The man who pulled off Thursday evening's $30,000 jewelry heist from a Ward Warehouse store shares a similar description and modus operandi to a suspect who robbed an Ala Moana Center jewelry store at gunpoint last week.
"Their descriptions are the same," said Sgt. Kim Buffet, Honolulu CrimeStoppers coordinator. "They have the same M.O."
But police cannot definitively say the two suspects are one and the same, Buffet said. The suspect in both cases was armed with a handgun, robbed a jewelry store and matched a general description including similar age and height, Buffet said. The stores are also located within a mile of each other.
At about 8 p.m. last Saturday, a man entered the Hallmark Jewelers at Ala Moana Center and asked to look at some jewelry. Police said the suspect then allegedly brandished a handgun, removed the jewelry and fled the store on foot in an unknown direction.
The man caught on the video surveillance at Hallmark Jewelers is described as in his 40s with black hair and a receding hairline. He is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing approximately 160 pounds and was wearing a black long-sleeved jacket, blue denim pants and black shoes.
On Thursday, a man described as in his 40s or 50s entered P S Jewelry & Collection at Ward Warehouse and asked to see some expensive rings, police said.
The man allegedly displayed a handgun then fled the store at about 5:15 p.m. with jewelry valued at about $30,000, police said.
That jewelry shop has no surveillance cameras, so police are waiting for the shop owner to provide a precise description for a sketch, Buffet said.
Anyone with information about these robberies is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.