ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque police continue the hunt for the suspect behind Friday's deadly armed robbery at a jewelry exchange store. Police investigators suspect it was an inside job.
The National Jewelry Buyers store south of Cottwonwood Mall is closed indefinitely, but as other businesses around the city remain open, they're stepping up their vigilance and admit they're a little scared.
With 30 years on his resume, David knows the pawn and jewelry exchange business. For security purposes, he asked for his last name to remain anonymous.
When asked if he thinks he works in a dangerous business, he said, "Yes. We have what people want."
On Friday evening, a man wearing a hoodie and red bandana entered the National Jewelry Buyers store at Coors and Irving. Pulling out a gun, he shot and killed the employee. A sign on the door identifies the employee who was killed as Richard Glass.
Albuquerque police say it was a botched robbery.
"That was really sad to hear about that in our business," David said. "We feel very sorry for them."
At David's store, an armed guard greets customers. Inside, they're screening them, looking for unusual behavior. At another pawn shop in Albuquerque, employees prepare for the worst.
"All of our employees have a concealed carry license," one owner said, wanting his identity to remain anonymous. "We're all armed. Everybody is no further than 4 feet from a gun, not counting the ones we carry."
He says his employees are armed because it's a business that draws a lot of attention.
"We pay more. We pay cash. Most cash paid," he said. "So, they think there are just stacks of cash there and I'm going to say out of 95 percent of [pawn shops], there's not."
With the killer still on the loose, David is determined to make sure his business stays safe, not only for his employees, but for his customers.
"We've always taking precautions to see that it doesn't happen to us and we'll continue to do the best we can to see that people that do those things don't come here," David said.
Police say the robber left in what they believe was a older model white Ford Crown Victoria with black wheels.
At this time, police say they have no leads or suspects. They're asking anyone with information to come forward.
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