Robbers got away with nearly $500,000 in jewelry last month after stunning their victims with pepper spray at the Holiday Inn on Glynco Parkway, a crime that has prompted a hefty reward from one of the world’s most recognized insurers.
Llyod’s of London is offering $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robbers and, more importantly, the recovery of the stolen jewelry, Glynn County Police said Tuesday.
The robbery occurred around 8:30 p.m. July 22 as the two jewelers were unloading a 2017 Dodge Caravan at the entrance to the Holiday Inn, 138 Glynco Parkway, according to the police report. Two robbers approached and disabled the jewelers with pepper spray, snatched two duffle bags containing the jewelry and rode off in a get-away car described as a “black Chevrolet,” the police report states.
The vehicle was last seen heading toward the intersection of Glynco and Golden Isles parkways, not for from Interstate 95’s exit 38. The victims had insurance on the stolen jewelry, which had a total estimated value of $475,000, the police report said.
A robber struck one victim in the head with his can of pepper spray, leaving a cut on his head, the report said. Glynn County Fire Department paramedics treated both victims in motel lobby. Police released security video to the media that shows part of the robbery.
In the video, a large man can be seen walking swiftly to the passenger side of the van, which is parked in front of the motel entrance. One of the jewelers is standing beside the passenger side door. The robber can be seen spraying the victim, after which he appears to punch the man in the head as he staggers toward the motel’s sliding glass door entrance.
Police investigators lifted fingerprints from the hood area of the jewelers’ van, where one suspect is seen laying his hands, the report said. Additionally, one of the victims grabbed the pepper spray can that was used against him and gave it to police for evidence.
The two men had taken part in a jewelry expo in Jacksonville earlier that Saturday. They were scheduled to take part in another expo the next day in Savannah, the report said. They had reservations at the Holiday Inn and were preparing to check in when they were robbed.
Neither victim recognized the assailants, the report said.
Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Glynn County Police investigator Jeff Williams at 912-554-7812, or the Silent Witness hotline at 912-264-1333.