New persons of interest in jeweler robbery

DETROIT, Mich. (WOOD) — Two suspects in photos released by the FBI are no longer persons of interest in the cross-state jewelry store robberies.

The FBI Detroit Field Office held a press conference on May 16 to release additional information, including eight photos showing persons of interest to the investigation of the attempted armed robbery of Medawar Fine Jewelry in Grand Rapids and the armed robbery of Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewerly near Detroit on April 22.

People of interest in the investigation of cross-state jewelry store robberies.  (May 22, 2014)
People of interest in the investigation of cross-state jewelry store robberies. (May 22, 2014)

After the conference, two men who were shown in some of pictures contacted authorities. They were questioned by law enforcement and then were no longer considered of interest in the investigation, according to the FBI.

Additionally, the FBI says the black Chevrolet Equinox shown during the press conference is no longer part of the investigation.

Authorities are still investigating and trying to find the suspect who was shot while fleeing from Medewar Fine Jewelry. The FBI has been checking hospitals and medical centers to try to find that the suspects but haven’t been able to find any leads.

Investigators would like to thank the public for the continued assistance in providing tips and leads, the release said. The FBI will not comment on the nature of the information it has received.

The reward for any information in these cases is now up to $25,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Silent Observer at 866.774.2345.

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