A man who police think could be a drug addict robbed a family-owned jewelry store Tuesday, then took pictures of his victims.
Police say the robber entered Limb Jewelers Inc., 344 E. 100 South, about noon. He browsed in the shop for almost two hours before pulling a gun and emptying the shop's display cases, said Salt Lake police detective Wade Wayment."They do a lot of custom work so it's not uncommon for customers to spend a lot of time in the shop," Wayment said. "But they were about to ask him to move on when he pulled the weapon."
The suspect pointed a black semiautomatic handgun at three employees in the store and began dumping rings from the cases into a plastic bag.
After the cases were emptied, the man snapped photos of the employees with a Polaroid camera, saying he "knows who they are" and would kill them if they called police, Wayment said.
The man, who also took one of his victim's identification cards, got away with several dozen gold settings. Owners had not yet totaled their loss.
"The guy could take the rings to a pawn shop or directly to a cocaine dealer and try to get them off the street," Wayment said.
Police are looking for a white male, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds. He was wearing a light-colored shirt or sweatshirt with "90210" on the front and green paisley-patterned shorts. He also had a mustache and shortly-cropped beard.
Limb Jewelers has operated in Salt Lake City since 1957 and had never been robbed at gunpoint.