February 3, 2005
Jewelers Shot to Death at CT Store
On Feb. 2, a husband and wife, both 52 years old, were shot to death in their retail jewelry store during a robbery attempt, reports the Jewelers' Security Alliance. The murders took place at Donnelly's Jewelers in Fairfield, CT, according to Fairfield police, who have a suspect, described as a 23-year old white male, 5' 8" to 5' 10 ", 170-190 lbs., light brown hair and blue eyes. The man is also suspected in a string of other robberies in the New York metropolitan area, including one at J&J Jewelers in Glen Head, NY, where another store manager was shot and killed on Dec. 21.
The suspect may be driving a 1999 black Honda Passport sports utility vehicle and is believed to be armed with an automatic pistol. He should be considered extremely dangerous, say police. He is addicted to heroin and gambling and is an absconder from the New York State Division of Parole. He has an active arrest warrant for violation of parole.
The suspect's method of operation is pretending to be a customer and spending 20-45 minutes inquiring about the purchase of a diamond ring. He usually carries a plastic shopping bag, which he eventually fills with trays of diamond rings before fleeing the scene.
The other stores he's suspected of robbing include Roberts Jewelers, Westbury, NY, and Rockland Jewelry Exchange, Nanuet, NY.
Anyone with information should contact Lt. Chris Lyddy, Sgt. Ed Greene or Det. Bruce Peterson of the Fairfield police dept. at (203) 254-4840.
To join the Jewelers' Security Alliance and receive regular alerts on crime, go to www.jewelerssecurity.org and click on membership.
Peggy Jo Donahue