Store Employee Bound While Robber Takes Jewels

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    A man tied up a jewelry store employee during an armed robbery in Evanston on Tuesday morning. (Published Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011)

    The video is in black and white, but it's clear to see a robber making his getaway after an apparently well-planned hold up at an Evanston jewelry store on Tuesday.

    Police released the surveillance video and photos hoping someone will help identify the man who allegedly tied up an employee at the Diadem Jewelers on Sherman Road.

    According to the victim, he was open for business when the robber entered the store and brandished a handgun, a release from police said. The man then used flexible plastic bindings to secure the victim's hands.

    The robber removed jewelry from display cases, placing it into a gym bag and backpack. He exited via a rear door and fled on foot.

    A short while later, a passerby looked into the store and noticed the victim, who was still bound, and called police.

    Those who work in the building and nearby expressed shock over the incident.

    "Everything is quiet.  I've been here five years and nothing has happened in those years," said salon owner Noel Youkama.

    "I am here seven days a week by 8:30 in the morning.  For this to happen at midday scares the heck out of me," added realtor Andrea Seeley.

    According to the victim, the robber was a black man about 30, 6 feet and 250 pounds. He was wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses, scarf, black leather coat, dark jeans and dark gym shoes.

    Anyone with information should call the Evanston Police Department.