Kane County Sheriff’s deputies believe that the target of a Tuesday armed robbery was an Aurora jewelry store, and not the auto shop the suspects ended up inside.
Undersheriff Patrick Gengler said that the auto shop in the 1900 block of North Farnsworth Avenue does not have a sign, and is located behind a jewelry business. From the front of the building, it appears that the entire structure houses the jewelry shop.
“Thousands of cars go past there every day, and I bet anyone driving past thinks that’s a jewelry store,” he said.
Gengler said police are investigating whether the intent of the suspects was to rob the jewelry store by entering from the back of the building.
According to deputies, around 11:50 a.m. Tuesday, a man and woman confronted the auto shop owners at gunpoint and demanded they hand over jewelry. Having no jewelry on them, the victims gave the robbers $2,000 in cash. They were then tied up, and forced into a bathroom.
Gengler said the suspects moved a refrigerator in front of the bathroom’s door to prevent the victims from pushing their way out.
The victims were told to wait 30 minutes before leaving the shop.
Deputies were called to the scene an hour later, where the victims described what had occurred.
“They gave us some really good descriptions,” Gengler said. “We are working with police in Aurora, and checking surveillance video of all surrounding businesses.”
Deputies said one suspect is described as a black male, between 20 and 40 years old, wearing a black baseball cap, white pants, dark shoes, dark-rimmed glasses and garden gloves. He was around 6 feet tall and weighed approximately 200 pounds.
The second suspect is described as a black female, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 150 pounds, between the ages of 25 and 35, wearing a dark baseball cap, dark hooded sweatshirt, baggy clothing and had a gold stud piercing in her tongue, deputies said.
Anyone with information should call deputies at 630-232-6840. Anonymous tips can also be made online at kanesheriff.com.