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Robber dumps loot from pawn shop after cops pursue

A man stole more than $30,000 in jewelry and cash from a pawn shop, but dumped the stolen merchandise while eluding police on Friday.

The man, dressed in black pants, a black jacket, gloves and a black ski mask, entered the Cash America store on South Military Trail with a .45-caliber, semi-automatic handgun at about 1:39 p.m, Palm Springs Police said in a news release.

The man demanded money from the safe and jewelry from the jewelry cabinet. Employees complied by filling two bags with cash and jewelry.

The suspect left the store and got into the passenger seat of a late model, light blue, Chevy Caprice, the release stated.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office joined the search after reports of the vehicle being seen in the area of Okeechobee Boulevard and Military Trail.

The suspects dumped the stolen cash and jewelry in the parking lot of the shopping center at the Southeast corner of Okeechobee and Military. There was approximately $2,600 in cash and $30,860 in jewelry recovered.

Police also recovered the suspect's handgun and ski mask, the release stated.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Palm Springs Police at 561-968-8243.

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