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Attempted Jewelry Robbery In Lafayette Goes Wrong, Owner Starts Shooting

An attempted holdup at a Lafayette jewelry store went wrong Friday - for the bad guys.

Three men attempting to rob the store in downtown Lafayette Friday got a rude reception when - after two of the men began attacking the store display cases with hammers - the owner responded by firing two shots at them.

Contra Costa County Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said Saturday that two masked men entered Prive Jewelers in the 3500 block of Mount Diablo Blvd. at 1:45 p.m. Friday and began to attack the store's display cases with hammers.

The owner, at the rear of the store at the time, thought that the noise was the result of gunshots being fired at him and armed himself, firing two rounds at the two men in his store, Lee said.

With that, the two would-be robbers made their way out of the store and into a waiting car which sped off - colliding with another vehicle as the driver sought to escape the area, according to Lee.

About an hour after the attempted robbery an unidentified 24-year-old man "showed up" at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley at 2:15 p.m., complaining of a gunshot wound, Lee said. He was later transferred to another hospital as investigators believe he was in fact shot while attempting to rob the Lafayette store.

The store owner, whose name was not given for his own protection, was not hurt during the incident.

Anyone with information on the case, perhaps someone who caught the license plate number of the getaway car, should call 925 646-2441.

kevin February 20, 2011 at 10:31 PM
Totally agree with Karen. I, too, am an Oakland ex-pat and am just sick over that city's demise into serious daily violence. These punks come through the tunnel thinking it's easy pickings out here and we all need to be vigilant when we see something that looks odd going on in our community. Don't be afraid to speak up and call the police. I commend the jewelry store owner, but I also am sure other criminals will try it again there.
eliz February 21, 2011 at 12:35 AM
He brought out his gun because he thought they were using a shotgun. He thought his life was in danger and likely it was. The law is that you can protect yourself but you cannot use a gun to protect property.
Gr8Wahl February 21, 2011 at 08:19 PM
Very proud of the owner of Prive'. Yes he showed restraint only firing two bullets but he did what he needed to do. I am glad he is safe and will continue to be a part of our community. Robbers BEWARE!
karen February 21, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Dolly, Dolly, Dolly. Those poor souls need a place to stay, can I give them your address so you can help them and all the people that you feel sorry for? If I was home when these low life people came into my house and took thousands of dollars worth of my jewlery, including special family pcs from Europe, last year, I would shoot to kill if I had a gun. It would stop them from doing this to another true victim and help with the over population!
Karen February 21, 2011 at 11:22 PM
Dear karen with a small case k, This is from Karen with the upper case K, First, I'm sick to think of the loss of your special family heirlooms that were stolen from your house last year. You don't want to think about how nasty it would have been for you had you been present. At times, these people are pretty gone/high on various substances, which gives them the fuel to take risks/do crimes. Having been forced to identify/witness such people close up, very unwillingly, you would not have enjoyed their disgusting and gross company. And thugs are very unrepentant and belligerent too, which is amazing but usually true. Anyway, I'm very sorry you had such an intrusion and loss, but be glad you did not have to "decide" whether to shoot the thugs or not.

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