View Full Version : Jewelry heist is a bust for 'clown' robbers

08-26-2011, 01:37 AM
Julie Hayden
FOX31 Denver

7:20 a.m. MDT, August 25, 2011

DENVER – Police in Denver were on the lookout Thursday for two gun-waving jewelry store robbers who threatened to shoot employees and customers.

As it turns out, the joke was on the two clowns who robbed Sonny's Rocks on South Colorado Blvd. Wednesday morning.

Their heist turned out to be a bust.

The two robbers, who were both dressed in bizarre costumes and wearing white face paint, pointed guns at employees and customers while they cleared the cases of jewelry.

“They came in with their guns drawn,” says store owner Mark Allen.

Surveillance video tape shows the robbers cock their guns as they enter the store.

Their faces are covered with heavy white makeup and their lips are covered in black. One is wearing a scraggly black wig, the other a long blonde wig.

“It's surreal … they came in with clown makeup on,” says Allen. “They were, like, in costume."

The surveillance video also shows the robbers pointing their guns at the heads of three employees and two customers as they force them to lie on the ground behind one of the counters.

“My main concern was I didn't want any of my employees hurt and that's what I kept saying,” Allen says, “you can have anything you want, just don't hurt anybody."

The pair then put a gun Allen’s head and forced him to unlock the jewelry cases.

"They did a lot of threatening," he says, telling him that if he didn't open the display cases within seconds they would shoot him in the head.

Allen says he told them they could have whatever they wanted. His main concern was that the two men didn’t hurt anyone.

“I don't care about the jewelry," he says.

The robbers emptied the jewelry cases into plastic garbage bags and then fled, heading south across the Nordstrom Rack parking lot.

But the joke may be on the clowns.

Sonny’s Rocks Jewelry Store, like most jewelry stores, no longer displays real jewelry, a change the store made when the price of precious metals and gems started going up a few years ago.

The clowns’ take?

They didn’t get any real diamonds. Instead, they made off with garbage bags of fake gold, platinum and cubic zirconium.

“It's not real,” Allen says. “It's totally worthless."

08-26-2011, 10:28 AM
where is Ginger when you need her?

08-26-2011, 10:43 AM
where is Ginger when you need her?

Probably commenting on the same story on the new site she frequents.

08-26-2011, 10:56 AM
Probably commenting on the same story on the new site she frequents.

I know where she's at, I was being facetious:rolleyes:

08-26-2011, 11:00 AM
Sorry, didn't notice who was posting.