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Updated: Lambros Goldsmith robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight Tuesday

Juneau Police Department searching for suspect

Posted: March 29, 2011 - 9:55pm  |  Updated: March 30, 2011 - 11:43am
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Lambros Goldsmith jewelry store is shown on Tuesday hours after an armed robber tied up a clerk and made off with an undisclosed amount of gold and jewelry.   Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Lambros Goldsmith jewelry store is shown on Tuesday hours after an armed robber tied up a clerk and made off with an undisclosed amount of gold and jewelry.

UPDATE:

The Juneau Police Department reported in a news release that after further investigation, 27-year-old Nathan Block was arrested at 6:30 p.m. on the 600 block of West Willoughby Ave. Blcok was placed under arrest for robbery in the first degree and transported to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center were he is held with no bail. Robbery in the first degree is a Class A Felony and punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

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A downtown Juneau jewelry store was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight during business hours on Tuesday.

Lambros Goldsmith, located across from the Red Dog Saloon, was open for business at the time of the incident according to a store spokesperson.

The Juneau Police Department is looking for a white male suspect, 5’8” tall of medium build with brown hair and brown eyes. The suspect was wearing a black and red jacket and black ski pants.

“We are actively pursuing all leads,” JPD sergeant Paul Hatch said. “This is an infrequent occurrence in Juneau, but something we, of course, take very serious.”

According to a JPD information release, officers received a report of an armed robbery at about 1 p.m. at Lambros Jewelry in the downtown area. The caller stated that a man had come into the store and was looking at some jewelry.

The store clerk turned around to get something and when the clerk turned back around the man had a gun pointed at the clerk. At that point the robber tied up the clerk and took items from the store.

The Lambros Jewelry store spokesperson said that the clerk was shaken but not harmed physically.

“The clerk is fine,” the spokesperson said. “Nobody was hurt and that was the important thing. Not as much was taken as could have been. We are thankful that 911 was called and police responded. It is just a matter of some property damage and ongoing investigation.”

Numerous passers by said this kind of thing doesn’t happen in Juneau.

“In all my years in Juneau I have never heard of this,” the spokesperson said. “We have plenty of information but would rather wait until police finish their investigations. We thank everyone for their concerns.”

Anyone with information is asked to call JPD at 586-0600 or the Juneau Crime Line at www.juneaucrimeline.com

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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