Waimalu wedding ring store targeted in brazen daytime robbery

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WAIMALU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police are searching for the suspects behind a brazen daytime robbery at a Waimalu jewelry store.

It happened around 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Pacific Diamond Wedding Rings at the Waimalu Plaza Shopping Center.

Surveillance cameras captured two men wearing dark-colored clothing and hats enter the store.

One man is seen smashing the glass cases with a pickaxe and the other man follows, grabbing whatever jewelry he can.

Two women working at the time ran to the back of the store and locked themselves in a room. They immediately called 911.

Within two minutes, the men leave. Their getaway driver waits outside in a silver SUV.

"Seems like the SUV kind of pulled around and came back and I saw the gentlemen exit the store with a bag, a blue t-shirt and big sunglasses," said eyewitness Charles Howard.

Richard Wang works next door at Da Wing Trading. He said he heard the commotion, but didn't know there was a robbery in progress until he walked out to grab lunch.

"I heard three or four times pounding," Wang said. "I saw through the window and saw the lady was scared."

The store's owner said the suspects were bold enough to commit the crime in broad daylight, just a couple yards away from a police substation.

"They took their time which is even more aggravating," said Ted Gonzales. "That they actually took their time to break every show case and take all the jewelry. It's crazy is what it is."

Nobody was hurt in the robbery, but Gonzales is determined to catch the crooks.

"This changes the whole momentum for people," he said. "Their trust, the community, this is bad news no matter how you look at it. They have to be arrested and found."

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call police.

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