Employees Chased Suspect After Robbery, But Lost Him

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Monday evening were looking for a suspect who posed as a construction worker to find his way into an Upper West Side jewelry store, then robbed the store at gunpoint.

As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported, he sign on the door of the More & More Antiques store, at 378 Amsterdam Ave., says “please ring bill.” The security-conscious owner then checks would-be customers out and buzzes them in, or decides not to do so.

In this case, the suspect was dressed in construction clothes and looked safe when he showed up during the day Monday, so the owner let him in. But police said the man pulled a gun and held up the establishment, making off with an undetermined amount of jewelry as he fled a few minutes later.

But the story does not end there. Authorities said the staff at the store decided to chase the suspect west to Riverside Park, where they lost him.

Some called the move gutsy, while others called it stupid – as the employees already knew the suspect had a gun.

No description of the suspect was available Monday evening.

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