Calgary police have released photos of two men they’re searching for in connection with an armed robbery at a jewelry store in a northwest shopping centre on Monday.
Police said the suspects entered Tany’s Jewellery in Northland Village just before noon, spraying a fire extinguisher which blinded customers. Police said the men threatened staff with a firearm before stealing diamond rings and necklaces from the store displays.
“We heard a lot of a banging and crashing going,” witness Patti Lambert told Global News. “I bet eight minutes later, they ran out with two bags, carrying stuff… One had a gun. What looked like a gun.”
Police said the suspects were wearing medical masks and one was seemingly disguised as a construction worker, wearing a red hard hat, backpack, blue jeans, gloves and a construction vest.
The second suspect was in a light grey hoodie, blue jeans and a baseball hat. Police said he was wearing gloves and carrying a backpack.
The men left the mall and in a black Lincoln sedan, police said.
Customers affected by the fire extinguisher spray were treated on scene by EMS and the Calgary Fire Department, but no one had to be transported to hospital.
The incident comes three weeks after a similar robbery at Sunridge Mall where 20 people had to be treated after suspects used tear gas.
On Tuesday, Calgary police confirmed to Global News they are investigating if the two robberies could be connected.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Calgary Police Service’s non-emergency line at 403-266-1234, the CPS Robbery Unit Tip line at 403-428-8787 or to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.
With files from Lauren Pullen