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2 Men, Armed With Mallets, Rob Downtown Jeweler

Rochester Police say they stole three Rolex watches from Lucido's on Saturday.

are searching for two men who they say robbed a downtown Rochester jewelry store and got away with three Rolex watches on Saturday afternoon.

The incident happened at 2 p.m. at , according to Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm. 

The men came inside Lucido's from the rear alley entrance and walked to the front of the store, Schettenhelm said. "When asked if they needed assistance one of the subjects said they were just browsing," he said.

Then, one of the men took out a small mallet and broke out the top glass on a display case. They took three watches — described as "very high-end Rolex watches — and fled out the front door onto Main Street."

The men then ran through downtown: north on the sidewalk, east on Fourth Street and then back south on East Street. 

According to Schettenhelm, they met up with a silver Dodge Charger near Third and Water streets. The vehicle was last seen near Elizabeth and University streets before fleeing Rochester. 

Rochester Police were able to identify the vehicle, though.

"A very alert citizen noticed the Dodge Charger just prior to the larceny taking place," Schettenhelm said. "She was able to obtain a license plate number on the vehicle."

On Saturday night, Detroit Police found the vehicle. Investigators from the Rochester Police Department went to Detroit to follow-up on the case; they are continuing to search for the men responsible for the theft.  

The men are described as:

  • Male, early 20s, 5 foot, 5 inches to 6 foot; 120 pounds. Short black hair and scraggly beard; tall and thin.
  • Male, early 20s, 5 foot, 5 inches to 6 foot; 150 pounds. Described as having a heavy build with a dark complexion.

Anyone with any information on the crime should contact the Rochester Police Department at 248-651-9621.

Barbara Krueger July 30, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Why did the alert citizen remember the license plate number before the robbery occurred?
Mark Ford July 30, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Desperate people do desperate things! This is just another example of two morons thinking they are entitled to take what doesn't belong to them. Perhaps this is a good example of the criminal version of "redistribution of wealth". What is even more incredibly moronic is that these idiots didn't think that maybe, just maybe, Lucido's had a surveillance camera system? There is no question that the two culprits will be apprehended. And so we, Michigan Tax Payers, will be forced to pay for their incarceration for a few years. Making sure that they have three square meals, television, a gym to work-out , and plenty of time to plan their next crime.
Sherry July 30, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Should the alleged criminals' race be noted? The descriptions do not indicate Causasion, African American, Asian, Latin, etc...
Mark Ford July 30, 2012 at 06:14 PM
These are not alleged criminals, they are moron, dumb xxx criminals who have no conscience. Making a reference to their race would not be politically correct.
Joan July 30, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Agree--very confusing to NOT tell who to look for--WAY TOO politically correct!!
Joan July 30, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Next time they won't say if the thief is male or female...
Sue July 30, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Good points but not all descriptions identify one as white, either. These guys may be white so don't automatically assume that they are black. A better description would be helpful, I agree. Regarding the get-a-way car, it may have blocking parking lot traffic or taken off in a way that attracted attention and someone was alert enough to get the plate number. We should be thanking that person not questioning him.
Mark Ford July 30, 2012 at 06:57 PM
What are you talking about? None of these comments assumed that they were black, except yours.
Sue July 30, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Politically, I think that we agree on a lot of things Mark but I can't read my comment the way that you interpreted it. To make it clear, I think the guys are white but the descriptions are poor and I may well be wrong,
Kristin Bull (Editor) July 30, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Our policy is to only include a suspect's race when it may aid in the capture of the suspect. In this case, having only the height, build and approximate ages of the suspects is not enough for the race to help ID them. The debate over including a suspect's race in news stories is not new; earlier this year, the Associated Press updated its policies on including race in these references, but even that updated policy is not completely cut and dry (it says that race is relevant to include in credible, detailed descriptions). Racial identifiers are not necessarily revealing and, in this case, would not describe enough about these suspects' appearances to be helpful. Thanks for bringing up the topic and letting us explain our policies!
Mark Ford July 30, 2012 at 08:20 PM
For the record, I do know the race of the men involved. My point for mentioning political correctness was intended to reinforce the whole issue and how we tiptoe around race, age, gender, sexual preference and any other potentially offensive labels. Rest assured, the Rochester Police Police Department knew who they were looking for, and they are the best at what they do. The real issue is that this crime took place in downtown Rochester. I'm more concerned about how we can help to prevent other criminals from thinking they can get away with similar crimes in our great city. We don't need potential visitors/customers thinking Rochester is not a safe place.
Sue July 31, 2012 at 03:25 AM
I don't think that one incident that involved a couple of fools who will probably get caught thanks to an observant citizen will hurt downtown Rochester. Actually they didn't do so great if they only got 3 Rolex watches. There have been several crash & runs at various places and at least one that I can think of at Somerset and I doubt that hurt their image. Fortunately, I didn't hear any mention of a weapon - gun/knife - being used. I remember when a jewelry store on Main Street was robbed at around noon at gunpoint sometime in the mid 1980's. The owner and one employee were there. It was a terrifying experience for them but it didn't seem to scare people out of town. I remember when my pharmacist was murdered during a robbery at his store. I'll never forget my feelings when I heard the news. But life went on and our community has grown into a pretty impressive place. By the way, the murderer was caught and I believe the jewelry store robber was caught, too.
Liz July 31, 2012 at 01:55 PM
It does not matter what is written these days,it get twisted around by people who want it to read the way they want to believe it.
Peter Griffin July 31, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Kristin, You're kidding? Right? Knowing a suspects race helps a great deal when the article says: "Anyone with information on the crime should contact the Rochester Hills Police Department.....". How do I know if I have any information or not if I don't know the best description of the "alleged" criminals? Here's an example: if a rabid dog bites someone and the article says to look out for a 30 to 40 lb dog........there are a lot of dogs that may fit that description. Now if the article says a 30 to 40 lb rabid Bassett hound bit someone -- that make it easier to keep a look out. Change your practice and give as complete of a description of the perpetrator as possible -- including race, age, gender, weight, clothing, etc. Otherwise, it may take longer to catch them and someone else could be an unnecessary victim.
Mark Ford July 31, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Only 3 Gold Rolex Watches? (Valued over $100,000) Tell that to Vince Lucido!
Chris July 31, 2012 at 07:50 PM
My Questions is, why didn't the OC Sheriff setup an officer on University going to Pontiac or on Rochester Rd on the way to I-75 and look for a white Charger speeding to get away? We bought that helicopter for something, right? More than 70% of the time they're going to Pontiac or Detroit. Surprise, surprise, the car was found in the "D".
Robert Gauthier July 31, 2012 at 07:55 PM
My god when are people going to lighten up about the race thing! YES, disclose his race. 4X4 is exactly right. The news has no problem reporting the race why should the Patch???
Spencer Wixom October 24, 2012 at 05:56 PM
It is ridiculous you cannot disclose the race of the two 'suspects' hundreds of young guys fit that description. And what is a 'dark complexion' someone who tans or someone who is Hispanic or black? That's crazy and defeats the purpose of giving any description to begin with.

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