Police release surveillance video of armed robbery at San Jose jewelry store

San Jose police have been investigating a string of armed robbery cases at jewelry stores across the city.

On March 17, at approximately 2:46 PM, an armed robbery occurred at Variedades Franco, a jewelry and clothing store located in the 400 block of South Capitol Avenue. According to San Jose PD, two male suspects entered the business, then one suspect struck an employee with a black handgun while the other ransacked the store and took a purse containing cash and checks.

On March 21, at approximately 12:56 PM, a takeover robbery occurred at the Plaza Jewelers store located in the 1100 block of East Santa Clara Street in San Jose. Two male suspects entered the business and held the employees at gunpoint, smashing out display cases and breaking a cash register, getting away with over $40,000 worth of cash and jewelry.

According to police, the suspects fled in a dark-colored sedan in both cases, and a third suspect was driving the vehicle.

Surveillance footage shows robbery of Jewelers Plaza in San Jose, CA | LiveFEED

On April 9, suspect Ramirez was arrested by the Santa Clara Police Department and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. He subsequently posted bail and is currently not in custody.

Surveillance footage shows robbery of Jewelers Plaza in San Jose, CA | LiveFEED

On May 7, suspect Prasad was arrested in Elk Grove for an arrest warrant during an unrelated call for service. He is currently in custody at the Elmwood Jail.

Surveillance footage shows robbery of Jewelers Plaza in San Jose, CA | LiveFEED

Suspect Trotter is currently in custody in the Sacramento County jail on unrelated charges. He has an active arrest warrant and is awaiting transfer to Santa Clara County.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mendoza #4395 or Detective Reyes #4429 of the San Jose Police Department’s Robbery Unit at (408) 277-4166. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (408) 947-STOP (7867). According to the San Jose police press release, persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.

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