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December 4, 2009

Robber, jewerly store owner shoot it out in Alamo shop

An Alamo jewelry store employee wasn't going to give in to a gunman who entered his store Thursday night and attempted to rob his business. The 53-year-old employee pulled out a gun, and the two men opened fired and injured each other.

The incident took place at about 7:15 p.m. at the Alamo Jewelry Mart in the Alamo Plaza Shopping Center. The employee was wounded in the upper torso but his injuries were not life-threatening injuries in the incident, according to news reports in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Contra Costa Times. Information about the condition of the suspect, a 50-year-old Alamo man, was not available.

(An Alamo man trying to rob a jewelry store? Sorry, to resort to stereotyping but, hey, you don't hear about someone of that age and hometown resorting to robbery.)

Anyway, neither man's name was released. The robber initially refused to come out of the store as demanded by responding Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputies, and he briefly held a gun to his head. But he finally came out and was taken to the hospital.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

One of the wierdest local crime stories...a fifty year old Alamo man robs a jewelry store and a shootout occurs, you don't see that one every day. Was he wearing a black hoodie?

Up3rd said...

Desperation makes you do crazy things. In this economy, I'd expect to see a lot more desperation....

Anna, The Lemon Lady said...

Sad.

MickeyMartin said...

This is a tragedy. I am surprised that more of this type of crime has not occurred with the economy in as bad of shape as it is. I feel for all involved.

Anonymous said...

An act of desperation is stealing food. Robbing a jewelry store is an act of greed. I don't care how bad the economy is doing. Taking a gun and shooting someone during a robbery is not the sign of a person who has good intentions. I seriously doubt a nice family man trying to provide for his children would take a gun and rob a jewelry store. This man fired his gun and was ready to murder for money.

How did he end up living in Alamo? Maybe he lived with his elderly parents or perhaps he inherited a house in Alamo. I doubt this guy earned an honest living his entire life.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Anonymous 3:23 PM.

The guy is probably an adult loser drug addict who was bumming off his parents and wanted drug money.

MickeyMartin said...

Ahhh. Speculation. Wonderful. I do not think anybody WANTS to be a jewelry store robber. I am not justifying his actions. They are deplorable. It is just a sad state of affairs for everyone.

Jojo Potato said...

Gee, SM, your journalistic chops are slipping. It's now friday afternoon and you are predicting a robbery tonight? You're better that than, please contact your editor.

Soccer Mom said...

Oh my, Jojo! Thanks for the heads up.

Anonymous said...

Let's hope the victim heals fine and the suspect dies. Yes, the person who attempted to murder someone.

Up3rd said...

5:48 -- I haven't read who shot at whom first. Clearly Bennett appears the aggressor because he arrived armed. But as I said, people [especially those with some sense of entitlement] might initiate an act of desperation [by THEIR standards, 3:23] and the whole thing escalates. I don't think that's a reason to wish someone dead-- no matter how bad they behaved.