Police: Employee forced at gunpoint to open safe at jewelry store

Bixlers Jewelry robbed

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - Police are investigating the armed robbery of a South Whitehall jewelry store that is believed to have been carried out by men who abducted a store employee from his Bethlehem home and forced him to aid with the crime.

Friday evening police were called to Bixler's Jewelers in the 3900 block of Hamilton Boulevard in South Whitehall Township.

Police said an employee of the store was forced by several armed intruders to open a safe and remove Rolex watches and jewelry.  The amount of merchandise taken is still being determined, officials said.

Police said during the course of the robbery, an employee's vehicle was taken and is still missing.  The vehicle is a Toyota Camry, with Pennsylvania registration HGV-5710, officials said.

The three suspects were described by police as: an approximately 200 pound male, 6'-6'2", wearing glasses, dark clothing with a light colored face covering and a knit cap with a stripe, a male wearing a dark colored jacket with a hood, dark clothing, and a light colored face covering, and a male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

69 News spoke with the employee who was forced to open the safe and his wife Saturday.  They said the suspects broke into their Kenny Drive home in Bethlehem through a back door on Friday, and held a gun to the man's head and tied him up with duct tape.  The victim said they waited until his wife got home and did the same to her. The victims' said all the men were masked.

The man said he has worked for the owner of Bixler's Jewelry for 30 years.

He said two of the men stole his wife's car, then drove him to the jewelry store and made him open the safe. The victim said the men stole a lot from the store, and said the thieves then left him inside the store tied up.

The man's wife said one man stayed with her at their home and had a scanner with him. She said the man left just before 7pm and she immediately ran to her neighbor's house for help.

Officials say the situation involves "extensive circumstances."

The victim's said they are not injured, but are extremely shaken up.

South Whitehall Police are asking anyone who may have information on this crime to call them at 610-398-0337.

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