The owner of a Lexington jewelry store credits his security measures for thwarting an attempted robbery Tuesday.
Phil Block, owner of The Castle Jewelry and Pawn on New Circle Road, said everything was under control when three men wearing hoodies entered the store and tried to rob it. One of the men took out a sledgehammer and smashed a case full of Rolex watches. The men were ready to escape with the watches before the general manager pulled out a gun and ordered the men onto the floor. The men complied and remained there until police arrived.
Block said he couldn't say much about the case because it would compromise his store's security secrets, but he said he was calm when it happened.
"Everybody was totally safe the whole time," Block said.
Three 20-year-olds from Detroit, Theo Evans, Dwan Harris and Terry Wallace, are charged with first-degree robbery. All three pleaded not guilty Wednesday. They were being held in the Fayette County jail with bond set at $10,000 each. A preliminary hearing in their cases is scheduled for July 10.
Tuesday's robbery is similar to one in March at Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers in The Shops at Lexington Center, next to Rupp Arena. Two men escaped with eight Rolex watches after breaking a case with a sledgehammer. Police are investigating to see whether the two robberies are related.
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