By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
Hamilton Police are investigating the second armed Dundas jewellery store robbery in less than two years, after Martin Jewel and Gift Shop at 176 King St. W. was held up Thursday afternoon.
“We’re traumatized, but no one was hurt,” said Michelle Edwards of Martin Jewel and Gift Shop, Friday morning.
The store has been family run since 1967, but has no business connection to Kevin Martin Fine Jewellery at 37 King St. W., which was robbed at gunpoint by three masked men on November 10, 2011.
Thursday afternoon, two masked men entered Martin Jewel and Gift shortly after 4 p.m. The first suspect pulled what appeared to be a handgun from his jacket and went to the back of the store, while the other suspect opened a bag he brought with him and pulled out an old red brick which he used to smash a glass display case and removed jewellery from the case.
The male with the gun ordered a female employee to the floor, and when she complied he smashed two display cases with the weapon and removed jewellery.
The suspects fled the store with the stolen jewellery. According to police, witnesses saw the suspects running east on King Street West to an apartment complex, then north through that property to Hatt Street.
Edwards said the staff was happy with the police response, and they are working with police. She said three siblings operate the business that their father original started.
Two years, ago police arrested and charged four men in relation to the Kevin Martin Jewellery store robbery within five days.