Armed Robbery in Downtown Walnut Creek Jewelry Store

Employees were pepper sprayed and the thieves made off with expensive watches.

Two men walked into Davidson and Licht Jewelers on Broadway Plaza Tuesday afternoon and, after pepper-spraying employees, made off with several expensive watches.

According to police, two African American men in their 20s, both with thin builds, walked into the store about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday. They were dressed in hoodies and wearing gloves. One man had a sledgehammer, the other pepper spray. According to witnesses, one man pepper-sprayed the employees while the other broke a display case with the sledgehammer and grabbed several Rolex watches. They left the store and got into a newer model black Infiniti SUV FX35 with a silver roof rack and silver alloy rims, driven by a third suspect, police reported. They were gone before police could respond.

There was one customer in the store at the time. No one was injured in the robbery.

Police are asking anyone with any information to call the Walnut Creek police at (925) 943-5844.

meh January 30, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Your name is Jed. I'm guessing you're some crotchety old white guy with a giant overbite that yells at kids to get off your lawn. But that's only based on the word "Jed".
Unaffiliated in Walnut Creek January 30, 2013 at 06:03 PM
You better believe that if I owned a jewelery store, the door would be locked and you wouldn't get in wearing a hoodie, beanie, gloves and carrying a sledge hammer. Davidson & Licht used to have a security guard who stood outside the store on the sidewalk. I wonder where the guard was? Are people in downtown walking around in a stupor not to notice this type of character ? We live in a dangerous society, full of thugs and criminal types. We can no longer walk around in "code white" mode. Citizens can prevent a lot of crime if they pay attention and notify the police or even store owners of potential crime. I'd rather waste an officers time by calling about a suspicious person than be apathetic and do nothing. Perhaps it's time for Walnut Creek PD to educate the public on what we as citizens can do to help prevent crimes of this sort from happening in our city.
Chris J Kapsalis January 30, 2013 at 06:08 PM
By farr the most crime is commetted by males 15 to 25 years old and of a certain type, and hoodies are common for them to wear, and they come in all colors and races. I hate to be that way, becuase I have known some good kids who just look that way, but are honest and work or do good in school. So you cannot prejudge them all as criminals. But there does seem to be a look, how they act, what they wear and so on, age, of the people who commit the most crime. And color does not seem to be an issue, becuase there are so many white males who wear hoodies and are that type, age. Thin, 5 7 to 5 9", short hair, and hoodies. What's up with that?
BabyDaddy January 30, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Young males do lurve their hoodies.
BabyDaddy January 30, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Life is scury these days.
Moraga Mike January 30, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Davidson & Licht has state of the art security systems but still wants an attractice storefront; they don't want it to look like New Jack City. Employess probably trained to give robbers whatever they want. Jon Licht is a smart guy. Glad no one got seriously injured. And it will be easy to sell those watches to a certain subculture that know's they're "hot"
Moraga Mike January 30, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Davidson Licht not gonna start shooting guns like a Cowboy movie, It's Broadway Plaza fer chrissakes. They have insurance. Those guys were drug addicts who risked prison for a quick $1,000 score. I'll bet you cameras got a good description of the car and the perps. No guns, no Reservoir Dogs show downs. Give the guys the stuff, let them go, call the police,
Eastofthehills January 30, 2013 at 06:54 PM
More like a $20K+ a non gold submariner is ~$7000 retail; street price of about $5K/6K I feel bad for Davidson and Licht; I've never bought anything there, but they're nice people.They have a great service department I used for my rolex years ago.
John January 30, 2013 at 11:26 PM
John January 30, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Jed January 31, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Yeah, I sure am a crotchety old white guy, sit around the porch playing a banjo, yeah, that's me all right. Come and listen to a MAN named JED.... Oh yes, I wear a hoodie, too, but I don't go around robbing jewelry stores. AND in case nobody has noticed, hoodies are not allowed in Contra Costa County Superior Court (Pixburg)... and before anybody jumps to conclusions (the only exercise I approve of) - I was there as a juror. I got kicked off because I said they wouldn't be here if they weren't guilty. And you can take that to the bank (but DON'T rob it!!)
Leonard Vinci January 31, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Chris...you make me laugh...you have so much worthless information. And you are so pure and clean...wouldn't buy a Rolex for a few hundred...my dear friend be truthful... All four of the comments should be written in the comic section of the Valley Times. Please, Please, Please
Chris J Kapsalis January 31, 2013 at 02:42 AM
My dar friends I am truthful, but I assume you would, and make the problem worse with people like you who buy stolen goods. That crates a market for theives. I hate theives. Ihave no stolen merchandise. You do? You are very telling. I would not even buy a guitar for $50 worth $300 from a guy who just wante dthemoney for booze. Youa re worthless you know that? And not bright. You don;t have my respect, but you do have my pitty. I am not pure and clean by the way, far from it, but I do have morals and a conscience, whcih you obcviosuly lack.
Leonard Vinci January 31, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Thank You...At least you are listening and responding. That's the purpose of these local publications. Thanks again...By the way...what is dar friend...and crates a market...wante dthemoney...and Youa re (that appeared to be a question) what is don;t and what is obcviously. I am pleased you responded to me. I respect you for taking the time to speak out. Have a wonderful evening.
Chris J Kapsalis January 31, 2013 at 04:33 AM
You can't figure those out? Take my advice and do not try code cracking for a living, it would not be your bag. Just takes a little intelligence to understand, intelligence cannot be taught in schools though.
Jeff January 31, 2013 at 05:54 AM
Where I work, we have serious criminals on trial. We installed magnet locks on the doors of the Court rooms, with multiple toggle switches behind desks to activate them if needed. After we installed them, there was an instance when the thug heard his sentence, turned in an instant and bolted towards the door. The Sheriff hit the switch fast. The impact of that thug hitting a solid Oak door with a magnet plate was so hard that he bounced back and straight down to the floor unconscious! After re cuffing him and getting him to the hospital, it was quite humorous for those who witnessed it. But for a jewelry store, they would also need a safe room to run to after hitting the door magnet. With 1 1/4 inch plywood embedded in the walls to shield from bullets, and a phone, and video feed to that room. The risk of this is having a trapped thug then looking for a hostage. If your timing is off, it could turn into a deadly situation. But as one of many tools for security, it is not that expensive to install, and fun to watch a thug bash his head. Also, a bit more personal note, Just last weekend I waited out front that same Jewelry store for about 35 minutes waiting for my wife to shop across the street. I waited with my 6 year old in the back seat. Scary to think days later it is robbed. I remember seeing two teenage security guards strolling constantly back and forth across the street. Both with a surprisingly close watch on all activity i thought... Hmmmm.
Dive Turn Work January 31, 2013 at 06:42 AM
Not since Radio Shack's ridiculous attempt to be hip by calling itself "The Shack" have I read anything quite as disjointed and outright absurd as this comment.
kelly silversmith January 31, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Hello any you libs paying attention........Jerry Brown released all kinds of criminals. What's the point of having any kind of crime enforcement if the libs let them go.
Chris J Kapsalis January 31, 2013 at 06:49 PM
You left out that he had to, because a Republican Govenor bankrupted our state.
Leonard Vinci January 31, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Thank you Chris your comments to me and others are so enlightening. It appears your fingers are moving faster or in some cases slower the your central control system. Can;t waitto hear yourn ext respon se
Chris J Kapsalis January 31, 2013 at 07:36 PM
You speak for the "others"? I speak only for myself and give my opinions. You think you are the offical spokeperson for everyone or what? Talk about dilllusions of grandure. And when your also the self apoointed spelling police, you do realize when you screw up you look like a fool right? "the?" Did you mean "them"? Maybe you need to go back to Kindergarden and start over, then try again, of you want to be the spelling police.
Chris J Kapsalis January 31, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Plus you left out a comma I believe after Thank you Chris. Give it up already ok, you took this off subject. Now the editor is gonna chastize us. Good going.
ml1999 January 31, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Dear Chris, I don't think your comment carries water. It was Grey Davis, who wanted union money, who gave MASSIVE raises to prison guards, etc. Now Mr. Davis says they make too much money! The State also has very expensive pension systems, and medical retirement. We also have millions of illegal aliens in schools, hospitals, and prisons. There is a lot of blame to go around, but when we had common sense GOP Gov's like Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian (sp?), we didn't have these problems.
ml1999 January 31, 2013 at 09:29 PM
In a new article today in the CCTimes, there is a description of 2 of the perps. "Police expanded upon their suspect description Wednesday after viewing surveillance tapes, identifying the two armed robbers as black males in their 20s, about 5 feet 9 to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build. "One of their hoodies came down during the robbery," Edwards said Wednesday. "We were able to confirm their race through those tapes." A young woman also took a video clip of the getaway car, possibly stolen. Good job! http://www.contracostatimes.com/crime-courts/ci_22483410/walnut-creek-new-details-emerge-jewelry-store-robbery
Leonard Vinci February 01, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Thank you ml1999 for the information. WoW...what a surprise...a car pulls up in front of jewelry store in Walnut Creek...two males jump out with hoodies over their head...one male carrying a hammer...they both enter the jewelry store...I guess no one noticed...Oh...maybe they were just going in to buy their girl friends a gift for Valentines Day gift. Yes, If they had one...where was the security guard. I know in San Ramon most of the jewelry stores have security guards at the front door. Oh well, live and learn...I'm sure they will take additional steps to protect their store and more important the staff and their customers.
Nanette Martineau February 01, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Brazon, desperate fools... p.s. the pepper spray is a new one
ml1999 February 02, 2013 at 06:20 AM
Don't they usually have security cameras outside? They were FAST. Cops were there in 2 minutes? I've met the owner 2 times, briefly, he seems like a nice man. I read were he tried to block one thief from leaving, glad he wasn't harmed. Sounds like they had the place staked out. I think there have been semi similar robberies in cities like Lafayette, which had a quick takeover robbery a few years back with a perp with similar description. They added an armed guard. I think with all of the bars, nightlife, and fancy shops, Walnut Creek is no longer a hidden gem. Add to this the multipe rapes and rape attempts at that large apartment complex near Pleasant Hill BART a year ago, the takeover home robbery, etc. the tide seems to have turned.
50 years here February 02, 2013 at 10:52 AM
I once knew a lady who still works there. She turned out to be real sleezy, and had friends of questionable morals, in spite of her appearance and manners. I wonder if it was an inside job?
Stephen Fredricks February 04, 2013 at 01:44 AM
The watches are making their way to the Tucson Gem Show .... You wouldn't believe the stolen items the FB.I have traced here.
Patricia A Dickson March 07, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Julia: "According to police, two African American men in their 20s, both with thin builds, walked into the store about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday..." Wow! Before you blast off, READ the article. What is not clear about "two African Americans?"


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