AUSTIN, Texas — Police are asking for the public's assistance after surveillance video at Iris Jewelry in North Austin captured an armed robbery on Sunday night.
Police say the call came in at 6:27 p.m. to the 9400 block of Parkfield Drive.
Yisel Guerrero, the owner of the store, said she wasn't at work at the time but said two men came in, pulling guns on the cashier.
In the surveillance video, you can see one of the men jumped over the counter and loaded up his bag with all sorts of jewelry.
Guerrero said half of the store's inventory was stolen.
The men got into a gray 2014 Jeep Patriot and drove off.
Guerrero said there was a panic button in the store so the police arrived within minutes. She also said her employees weren't hurt.
On Tuesday, the jewelry store was still open and Guerrero told KVUE they're working to step up their security.
“I was thinking to close but I can’t because we have expenses, we have our family, my employees – they need to work so we cannot stop," Guerrero said. "Thank God nothing happened with my employees. That's the most important thing."
The first suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his mid-20s, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 160 pounds, with short black hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with a tiger head logo on the left sleeve, a black baseball cap with "Live free Custom" in white lettering, black pants and white sneakers. Police said he has a tattoo on the top of his right hand of what appears to be hand bones. He has a tattoo on the top of his left hand with the numbers "214."
The second suspect is described as an Hispanic man in his late 20s to early 30s, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 200 pounds, with long black hair in a ponytail, a goatee and a ring on his right index finger. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, black baseball cap with white lettering on the left side, light blue jeans, brown shoes with white soles and a black backpack with "Made for more general motors" in white lettering.
If you recognize the men in the video, call Austin police at (512) 974-5092 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at (512) 472-TIPS.
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