Suspect in attempted armed robbery escapes crime scene |

Suspect in attempted armed robbery escapes crime scene

An armed man wearing a mask attempted to rob a jewelry store located in the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City Friday morning, but fled when the clerk refused to open the door.

Armed with a small, dark automatic pistol, the suspect came to Steve Schmier’s Jewelry at 9:09 a.m. Friday, before the store was opened for business, according to a news release issued by the Placer County Sheriff’s office.

The suspect demanded the clerk unlock the front door, but the clerk ducked behind the counter and called 911.

Despite numerous Placer County Sheriff’s units in the store’s vicinity, the suspect escaped, according to the press release.

But a security camera captured the suspect’s image.

The suspect was wearing dark shorts, a light-colored, long-sleeve shirt and a shoulder bag. He had a ski mask pulled over his face.

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Speech pattern indicated the suspect was Caucasian, the report said.

Owner Michael Grant declined to comment.

Located on the first floor of a two-story shopping center in Tahoe City, Steve Schmier’s Jewelry has two walls with expansive windows and a glass door.

Persons with any information regarding this incident are urged to contact the Placer County Sheriff’s department at 581-6300.