Jewelry store burglarized, scene of deadly 1994 robbery attempt

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – Burglars ransacked a West End jewelry store that was the scene of a deadly shooting in 1994.

Henrico Police said burglars broke into Beverly Hills Jewelers on Staples Mill Road over the weekend and stole "a significant amount" of merchandise. The break-in was discovered Tuesday, police said. Suspect information was not immediately available.

In 1994, Beverly Hills Jewelers was targeted by two masked men who entered the store and declared that a robbery was in progress. According to an NBC12 report at the time, the robbers were then hit with a "hail of bullets from employees and owners of the store." Later, Henrico's prosecutor said the killings were justified.

In 1995, NBC12 reported store owner Gary Baker kept nearly a dozen weapons stashed under the counters. Employees were trained in self-defense, according to the report.

Baker declined comment for a television story Wednesday, but told the Henrico Citizen the merchandise was uninsured and he'll close the business. People inside the store could be seen taking pictures and documenting the stolen merchandise. Shelves appeared bare.

Stay with NBC12 for more details on this developing story.

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