Edmonds police apprehended a jewelry thief armed with what turned out to be a toy handgun after the suspect robbed the Cline Custom Jewelers store located in the Safeway Marketplace shopping center around noon Wednesday. A suspicious package that the robber left behind caused the evacuation of neighboring stores in the shopping center, located at 236th and Highway 99 in Edmonds.
According to Edmonds police spokesperson Sgt. Don Anderson, officers were dispatched to Cline Custom Jewelers following a report of a robbery in progress at 12:03 p.m. Employees reported that a white adult male entered the store, displayed a handgun that was tucked into his waistband and demanded jewelry. The suspect fled the store on foot with jewelry of an undisclosed value, Anderson said.
“An Edmonds officer was on the scene within two minutes and apprehended the suspect as he fled Westbound towards Edmonds Way,” Anderson said. The suspect was taken into custody without incident, and officers recovered the toy gun and stolen jewelry at the arrest scene.
Police noticed the suspicious package during the course of the investigation, after which stores were evacuated, and a bomb disposal technician was called in to examine and dispose of the package, Anderson said.