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Search Is On For Hammer-Wielding Jewelry Store Robber

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DESOTO (CBSDFW.COM) - Police say three people were involved in the robbery of a DeSoto jewelry store just before lunchtime on Monday. Now, police are asking for your help catching two of the criminals.

The robbery happened around 11:30 Monday morning at Cave's Jewelers, in the 2oo block of East Pleasant Run Road.

According to police, a man and woman entered the store and began looking at jewelry. When the store employee walked away from the pair, the man pulled out a hammer, smashed a display case and grabbed six Rolex watches.

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(credit: DeSoto Police Dept.)

DeSoto Police Department Corporal Nick Bristow says the pair ran from the business and around the back of the store. "Where the business owner, Mr. Caves, confronted one of the subjects with a handgun." Mr. Caves held that female suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Haley Ellaise Washington of Cedar Hill, until police arrived.

Haley Washington
(credit: DeSoto Police Dept.)

The male suspect with the hammer was able to get past the store owner and fled the scene in a silver-colored, 4-door sedan driven by a second male suspect. Not only do police want to talk to the driver of that vehicle, but believe he is the person, captured on video, who appeared to be scouting out the jewelry store earlier in the day.

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(credit: DeSoto Police Dept.)

The stolen watches are worth more than $34,000.

Washington has been charged with Felony Theft and the search continues for the robber and get away driver. Cpl. Bristow is urging, "If you have any information on it [robbery] or can identify this individual just contact the DeSoto Police Criminal Investigations Unit." Investigators can be reached at 469-658-3050.

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