Update Monday Aug. 4:
Stamford police issued a video of the wheelchair-bound thief who made off with a $25,000 Rolex after pepper-spraying employees Saturday.
Stamford detectives released a surveillance photo Sunday afternoon via Facebook of the robber who entered a mall jewelry store in a wheelchair on Saturday before running away on foot with a a $25,000 Rolex and pepper spraying two employees.
Anyone who can identify the suspect should call the Detective Division at 203-977-4417.
STAMFORD — A robber entered a mall jewelry store in a wheelchair on Saturday, but made his getaway on foot after snatching a $25,000 watch and pepper-spraying two employees.
The brazen robbery occurred shortly before 3 p.m. at the Sidney Thomas jewelry store on the fifth floor of the Stamford Town Center mall.
Stamford police Capt. Richard Conklin said the thief asked a store employee to see a Rolex watch, and then he leapt out of the wheelchair, pepper-sprayed the employee and then sprayed a security guard who rushed over to catch the man.
Conklin said the man knocked the security guard down and ran up to the mall’s seventh floor parking garage, where an accomplice is believed to have been waiting with a car.
Conklin said the robbery was obviously planned.
“We haven’t seen it in this form before,” the captain said of the wheelchair and spray attack. “There was some thought put into this.”
Police are reviewing surveillance video of the robbery and other evidence, including the wheelchair, for any clues
The suspect is described as a six-foot or taller black man, weighing about 200 pounds and bald. He is between the ages of 40 or 50, and at the time of the robbery, he was wearing a dark suit.
Both the sales associate and the security guard were taken to Stamford Hospital to be treated. It was unclear what type of spray the thief used on them.
Conklin said this was an aggressive new strategy. He noted that distraction strategies have been more popular.
Those usually involve teams of thieves working together in a store to create a diversion that allows one of the thieves to walk out with a ring or other item without being detected until later.
Anyone with information on the wheelchair robber can contact the investigations unit at 203-977-4407.