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3 men suspected in store robbery

Oct. 26, 2000

By MAC MEADOWS

Reporter

Police are looking for three men who robbed Friedman's Jewelers in Bellmead and held five females, some of whom were Baylor students, at gunpoint with a pistol Monday evening in the 6000 block of West Waco Drive, Bellmead police said Wednesday.

Detective Thomas Noble of the Bellmead Police Department said a female employee was talking to her boyfriend on the telephone when the men entered the store. Soon after the men entered the store, the employee hung up the phone, and her boyfriend thought something was wrong.

Her boyfriend went to the store and, upon seeing the men, called police from a store next door.

When Waco and Bellmead police arrived at the scene, the door was unlocked, and they did not see anyone in the store. The three men had fled the scene, but the women were still in a room in the back of the store. Noble said police waited in front of the store for 20 minutes because they thought there might have been a hostage situation. After 20 minutes, one of the females walked out of the room and saw the police. The police then went in and led the women out of the store.

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The women were not harmed during the robbery, Noble said.

He said the three men escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry, and that Bellmead police believe this robbery is connected to robberies that occurred in the last two months at other Friedman's Jewelers stores in Duncanville and Grand Prairie.

Police could not comment on any suspects, but Noble said the three men would be charged with aggravated robbery.