LINCOLN PARK — Thieves robbed a neighborhood jewelry store Friday afternoon.
Holtzmann's Jewelry Store, a family-run business at 2304 N. Clark St., was targeted in the daytime robbery.
Police said two men and a women entered the store about 1:10 p.m., brandishing weapons. They ordered two employees, a man and a woman, to the basement, where they were "constrained," said Officer Veejay Zala, a police spokesman.
The thieves then fled with "an undetermined amount of proceeds," Zala said. Fox Chicago News reported the thieves made off with more than $200,000 of jewelry and cash.
No one is in custody, and Area Central detectives are investigating.
A man panhandling in front of the Walgreens across the street said he was outside when the robbery occurred and didn't notice anything out of the ordinary until the owner came across the street asking him if he saw the thieves.
Amanda Caplan, a 27-year-old who lives in an apartment above the jewelry store, said she was shocked by the crime.
"You wouldn't expect it right on Clark Street," she said. "It's such a busy street."
Dennis Dooley, vice president of Koenig Rubloff Realty Group, works across the street from the jewelry store and said he was surprised the store was robbed.
"It's amazing to me [this happened] with so many people milling around," he said. "Is this surprising? Yes. Is it shocking? Yes, but it's the world that we live in. I hope they are OK."
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