Woman Held at Gunpoint as 3 Men Rob Downtown Rochester Shop

Update: Rochester Police release photos from a surveillance video camera inside the store.

A woman working at a downtown Rochester antique and jewelry store was held at gunpoint, her hands and legs bound, while three men robbed the store on Friday morning, according to police.

Rochester Police are processing evidence, including a surveillance video, according to a news release from Chief Steve Schettenhelm.

The incident happened at 10:45 a.m. at Antiques by Pamela, 319 S. Main Street. 

According to Schettenhelm, the woman, who was working alone at the store, said three men entered the store -- two from the front entrance and one from the back entrance. They wore gray hoodies, jackets, hats and sunglasses. Their faces were covered. They bound the woman's legs and hands and placed her on the floor while pointing a gun at her, according to the news release.

The woman was not injured. 

The men took a "large quantity of jewelry" from two display cases and left the store shortly after, according to the news release. A video recorded them walking south on the west side of Main Street, the release said.

After the men left, the woman was able to free her legs, make her way to the front door and yelled for help. A passerby called 911 for her, and Rochester Police responded at 11:08 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rochester Police Department at 248-651-9621

brian t. dogge November 11, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Peter, I couldn't agree more. I would like to see Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township property taxes raised $500 - $1000/yr and use the extra revenue to buy up all of the lower rent apartment complexes and Trailer Parks in Rochester Hills and convert them to the type of home/property you would expect in the Rochester Area. The apartments are ruining Rochester Hills. It is too easy for low income "earners" (and I use that term loosely) to move into a city they couldn't normally afford. Just look at how downhill Hampton and Hamlin Elementary have went in the past 5 years (apartments provide many students at these two schools). The Hampton Apartments and the apartments by Kmart have extremely low rents that allow the wrong elements in Rochester. The apartments by the Rochester Park are also pretty bad. Apartment landlords in Rochester also need to monitor how many families live in a single unit. A friend that has children that go to Hampton Elementary (they are changing schools next year via school of choice program) says that 3 children in their child's classroom all live in the same single apartment at the Hamptons, along with their 3 separate families. Just wrong. If you cannot afford Boardwalk or Park Place then go live on Baltic Ave. Clean up the apartments (raise the rents) and you will clean up a majority of the crime.
Peter Griffin November 11, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Susan's comment is silly and naive. In today's world,criminals belong in jail -- "forgiveness" will just lead to them doing it again. I think the cause of most crime, especially in Rochester Hills, is the sense of entitlement for those who chose not to work for their stuff. They would rather have everything handed to them; and when it isn't, they feel that it is ok to take it. We has a crazy lady in church years ago who had their car stolen, and her response was, "maybe they needed it more than I did. I hope they bring it back when they are done with it." She did get her car back -- stripped and burned out. Forgiveness didn't work out too well for her...
Peter Griffin November 11, 2012 at 09:26 PM
that should have been "had" instead of "has" in last paragraph --- sounding like a GED recipient now...my bad.
Steve Clarke November 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I'll forgive the criminals when the pay for the crime get out of my life. The apartment situation has become so bad that it rivals Pontiac (almost). The only way to cure this is compel the owners to maintain,upgrade this units to a STANDARD SET BY THE MUNICIPALITY they are located in.They must be monitored for occupancy limits to prevent the "flop house" nobody wants. I am not out to beat anybody down,quite the opposite,I just don't want the community dragged down when it really isn't that hard to prevent.
pamela j krampf November 22, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Helloooooo Everybody! WE ARE BACK !!! Antiques & Fine Jewelry by Pamela Reopens! Saturday - November 24th! with a Grand Reopening Party! Bring all your great Karma down and come in for a visit! My mantra? Go Forward and Don't Look Back.... When You Get Knocked Down? - Get Back UP! See you soon! PAMELA --- And a big thank you to all of you who have provided your support and care - It has meant a great deal to all of us here at Antiques & Fine Jewelry by Pamela!


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