Police: 2 Chicago men hold up Aurora watch store of more than $123,000
Booking photos of Kevin Jones, left, Michael Pitchford. (Aurora police / June 22, 2012)
Kevin Jones, 34, and Michael Pitchford, 31, were charged this afternoon with aggravated robbery, robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, according to a statement from Aurora police.
Their addresses in Chicago were not immediately available.
The two took watches valued at $123,000 and $366 in cash from TAG Heuer in the 1600 block of Premium Outlets Boulevard at about 12:20 p.m., according to the statement.
After the two men entered the store, Jones began talking to a 28-year-old male clerk for a short time before drawing a handgun and ordering him to put watches from a display case into a plastic bag, the statement said.
Pitchford then forced a 22-year-old male employee into a back room where the store’s manager, a 45-year-old woman, was sitting, police said.
Pitchford ordered the woman to empty the cash register and she complied, according to the statement.
Both men left the store and fled in a 1995 Buick Century that had been reported stolen from Chicago, police said.
Based on witness accounts given to Aurora police officers, a dispatch was generated over the Illinois State Police Radio Network and Jones and Pitchford were spotted about 1 p.m. in the area of the Eisenhower Expressway and Mannheim Road by the Illinois State Police, who stopped the vehicle, the statement said.
The suspects ran away but were apprehended after a short foot chase.
There were no injuries in the incident and this is the second time since Feb. 4 the store has been robbed. It is not known if the two cases are related, the statement said.