Phoenix police release photos of suspect in jewelry store robbery

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police hope surveillance photos will help them in their search for a suspect who stole a large quantity of jewelry.

On Tuesday afternoon, a Hispanic male displayed a black handgun, tied up the owner of Caesars Jewelry Store near Scottsdale and Thunderbird roads and stole jewelry and cash.

The suspect is described as 35 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 190 pounds, with black hair and a mustache. He reportedly had a Spanish accent. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt.

The suspect remained in the store 20 to 30 minutes, stealing a large quantity of miscellaneous jewelry valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The suspect fled in the store owner's car. The vehicle was recovered in the parking lot of the Gila River Casino Thursday afternoon.

Detectives released photos of the person believed to be the suspect.

Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to call Phoenix police at 602-534-0200 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.