OKLAHOMA CITY – Surveillance cameras inside an Oklahoma City jewelry store captured the terrifying moment armed thieves targeted employees.
On Thursday evening, authorities were called to an armed robbery at Higgin’s Jewelers, located near N.W. 122nd and MacArthur Blvd.
Investigators say the armed robbers acted like customers before they began smashing jewelry cases and attacking employees.
Surveillance cameras inside the store captured the moment an armed suspect surprised one jeweler, who attempted to fight off the thief. However, authorities say the man hit the victim on the head with his pistol, knocking him to the floor.
“You can see in the video that the suspects enter the back room. One of them pistol whips the owner of that jewelry store, causing an injury which is fortunately not life threatening,” Oklahoma City PD Assistant PIO Megan Morgan said. “They stole an undisclosed amount of jewelry, as well as two of the victims guns.”
Another employee is seen in a choke hold.
So far, no arrests have been made in the case.
Police think the suspects may have tried to conceal their identity during the robbery.
“It’s unknown, but it appears they may be wearing disguises,” Morgan said. “So please be aware of that when you’re looking at these videos.”
Shelva Parker has owned the salon next door to Higgin’s Jewelry for ten years, and this is the second time she’s seen her neighbor robbed.
“I just wanted to be sure they were OK,” Park told News 4. “I spoke with them last night before I left and they were shaken up, and they needed to get Mr. Higgins to the hospital to get him checked out. He was having a hard time, and so was she.”
On the other side of Higgin’s is South Beach Tans. Owner Leticia Parker says she heard the robbery take place, but didn’t realize what was happening.
“I had clients here yesterday, and we heard the big noise and we didn’t think nothing of it,” Parker said. “They work on jewelry all day and people next door drop stuff, you don’t think anything of it, then we looked out and there is cops everywhere.”
After watching the video, Parker says it’s hard not to think about how much worse it could have been.
“My son is with me every day, so it’s scary. They could have actually shot. It could have came through the wall.”
The jeweler is expected to be OK.
If you have any information on the crime, call CrimeStoppers at (405) 235-7300.