NAPLES — Nearly one month after the armed jewelry heist in the parking lot of Thalheimers Jewelers, Naples police detectives still don’t have much to say about the crimes.
The owner of the Naples jewelry store, located at 3200 U.S. 41 N., Sandy Thalheimer used his extensive training in defensive gun handling that Feb. 8 afternoon when he exchanged the first shot at the armed suspects that were fleeing the scene after holding a jewelry salesman, Gregory M. George, at gunpoint with a large handgun, according to the initial investigative report released in February.
Naples police spokesman Lt. John Barkley recently confirmed that law enforcement is in search of five suspects.
Descriptions of those suspects were not available. Initially, one was described as smaller than the average male, but whether the person is a youth or woman is still not known.
George came from Florida’s east coast, and was perhaps a resident of Melbourne, followed by the suspects who were in rental cars that were also from the east coast, according to initial reports.
Police are also not disclosing the amount, value or quantity of items that were stolen from the salesman in the parking lot.
The owner of the jewelry, Arthur Goldman, Inc., was recently confirmed. George was employed by Arthur Goldman at the time and the brands of jewelry included the Arthur Goldman line as well as Diana, Triton and Art Carved, Barkley said.
No further details about the number of shots fired, initially reported to be about six shot between Thalheimer’s gun and the suspects guns, could be confirmed yet.
“That’s all that we are releasing right now,” Barkley said on Tuesday, attributing the lack of details to a “very active” ongoing investigation.