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Jewelry stores suffer 2 smash and grab robberies days apart

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BARTLETT, TN (WMC) -

Two incidents of smash and grab in a matter of days, just miles apart in Bartlett and Memphis, has left jewelry store employees running for their lives.

Bartlett police said they have located the stolen vehicle that was used as a getaway car in the robbery and found fingerprints that will hopefully bring them closer to solving this crime.

But, employees at the jewelry store said they are just trying to feel safe again. Customers said they are shocked to hear the news of a smash and grab just over a week ago at the store.

"That's my favorite jewelry store and I feel for them," Ted Parrish said.

Bartlett PD said four men came into the store about 5 p.m. on September 24. They were wearing dark clothing and using the hood of their sweatshirts to hide their faces. Police said moments later the robbers used a sledgehammer to smash the glass and get away with the jewelry.

Employees said they ran for safety out the back door.

"I cracked open the door and behind the dumpster were three other employees," Caleb Dillinger said.

Dillinger was working inside his store, Family Christian Store, when the jewelry robbery was in progress. He was able to get the jewelry store employees to safety and call the police.

"We had several customers in the store shopping around, so an unexpected thing for sure," Dillinger said.

But, this is not the only robberies like this to happen. Just two days ago, three people entered Reeds Jewelry inside Wolfchase Galleria and robbed the store with a hammer.

Three people were arrested in that robbery, but have been released.

Bartlett PD said they are aware of the Wolfchase robbery, but so far have not found a connection.

Meanwhile, shoppers said they hope the store increases their security for employees and customer protection.

"These people use to keep the door locked and have people ring a bell for years," Parrish said. "I thought it was a great idea but lately its been open."

Police said they found blood on some of the broken glass inside the store. The robbers caused more than $1,000 worth of damages in the store and took $10,000 worth of jewelry.

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