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  • SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police are hoping a surveillance video will help them identify a couple who made off with a half-million dollars in jewelry in a heist on June 5.

    The robbery happened shortly after the Kay Jewelers store in the Shoppes at Webb Gin opened for the day.

    "At about 10:00 sharp is when the suspect is first noticed on video in front of the store walking back and forth apparently kind of casing the place," Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said.

    Smith said a woman entered the store a short time later. He said the suspects took keys from two clerks and began opening jewelry cases.

    Police believe the two suspects did their homework and may have done this before.

    "They didn't bother trying to smash the cases, they're very difficult to smash open," Smith said. "They waited until they had a key, they conducted a little bit of surveillance and seemed to be generally familiar with the layout of the store."

    Smith said detectives are reaching out to other police agencies.

    "We don't have anything in Gwinnett that matches these two individuals but we have spread the word to see what might match how these two are committing the crimes and their general descriptions," he said

    The male suspect is described as 24 to 30 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 155 pounds, wearing a plaid long-sleeve shirt and a tan rim hat.

    The female is described as 24 to 30 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 120 pounds, long dark hair, wearing a grey baseball cap, sunglasses and a yellow shirt.

    The male suspect told a female clerk he was shopping for a watch for Father's Day, according to police. He pulled out a gun and ordered both the female and a male clerk to the floor.

    Before leaving the jewelry store, the female suspect used a stun gun on both clerks. She stunned the female clerk three times.

    Cpl. Smith said the suspect may have had a misconception of what the stun gun would do.

    "This was a stun gun and it's used for what we would call a drive stun," he said. "It's just where you put the contacts onto a person and it hurts and it will make them flinch, but it's not the type of thing that's incapacitating in any way."

    The suspects left the store with more than $500,000 in jewelry and about $200 in cash.

    Police said the female suspect wore gloves and the male suspect appeared to have tape over his fingers so they would not leave finger prints.

    Anyone with information about the jewelry heist should call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS (8477).

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