Man ties up female employee during Charlotte jewelry store robbery

Violent armed robbery caught on camera

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police are hoping video will help you catch the man involved in a violent armed robbery. He goes into a popular Charlotte jewelry store and ties up a woman.

The video shows a man dressed in all black with a baseball cap on- enter the Brownlee Jewelers in Steele Creek in southwest Charlotte.

Police say he told the employee that he wanted to look for charm bracelets. But that's just a ploy, police say. As soon as the worker turns her back - the robber strikes.

He puts the gun in the back of her back, police say, and says "this is a robbery."

CMPD officer Tori Roddey says they know the suspect didn't drive there because he pulls a motorcycle helmet out of a black duffle bag right after he pulls out the gun. He first asks for cash, but gets nervous once at the cash register.

"He keeps asking her about sensors. Are you sounding an alarm? Are there sensors. So he's very nervous and skeptical," Roddey said.

Too scared to mess with the money, he turns his attention to the jewelry - specifically, the engagement rings.

Officer Roddey says the robber then takes the worker to the back and ties her hands and feet with a pair of zip ties. But one thing that lets him know the suspect is an amateur - someone he calls a criminal with a conscience.

"The guy says, 'I have five kids, I have no other choice'," Roddey said. "So telling her why he was doing this and also - he was polite enough to ask her are these ties too tight?"

If you know anything, call Crimestoppers at 704-334-1600. You can remain anonymous and could get a reward.

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