Jeweler Home Invasion Robbery Probe Gets Big Break
A tip from the public leads police to a critical piece of evidence that had been missing.
Acting on a tip from someone who saw the story in the news, police have recovered the victim's car used in last Thursday's armed home invasion, robbery and kidnapping of a Berwyn man and his wife.
The four gunmen in the case are still on the loose.
Tredyffrin Police Detective Sgt. Todd Bereda says the Jewelery store owner's 2012 Volkswagen Jetta was found on a street in East Norriton Tuesday night. According to Bareda the car was found after a viewer saw the story on a late local TV newscast Tuesday and called police.
Bereda says the discovery of the four-door sedan is a "critical moment in the investigation."
Detectives spent Wednesday morning going through the car looking for clues. Police hope evidence in the car will lead them to the four men who lay-in-wait for the jeweler and his wife at their Berwyn home.
In the course of the home invasion the victims' hands were bound with duct tape. Police say the armed and masked robbers ransacked the home before forcing the jeweler into his own car and driving him to Shuler's Jewelers in East Norriton.
Police say two of the gunmen went to the jewelery store with the man while two others stayed behind, holding his wife hostage inside their home in Tredyffrin Township. Once the robbers had taken what police describe as hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from the store, they escaped in the owner's white VW Jetta. The two other robbers at the house in Berwyn left the woman bound after getting a phone call from the two robbers at the store.
Neither victim was physically injured in the robberies, according to Tredyffrin Police.
Late Tuesday afternoon (February 5), Tredyffrin Police announced a $ 25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons involved in the robbery/kidnapping.
Bereda says that reward is still being offered because Tuesday night's tip, while a major break in the case, led only to the stolen vehicle. The car was found on a street in East Norriton. At this stage of the investigation Bereda declined to reveal exactly where the car was found.
Police are still searching for the car that the home invaders are believed to have used to drive to the house. It's described as a silver or blue sedan – possibly a Chrysler Sebring.
Police are expected to issue a press release on these new developments some time on Wedensday afternoon.