Ex-pawn-employee tied to $300,000 in stolen jewelry, cash

11:41 PM, Mar 8, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida-- It was just after the Value Pawn Store off Nebraska Ave. opened its doors Friday morning, when an armed man burst through the doors.

Two employees, 27-year-old Jennifer Miranda and 40-year-old Jose Domingo, were about to become victims of a robbery. 

According to Tampa Police reports, the suspect, dressed in a hooded sweatshirt and large sunglasses, tied Domingo's hands and locked him in an office in the back. 

Then, he held Miranda at gunpoint as he ordered her to open the store's safe. Reports say he took over $300,000 worth of jewelry, and $25,000 in cash before he bolted.

A twist in this robbery unfolded as officials from four different units arrived to take on the case.

Eye-witness accounts lead detectives to 36-year-old Alexander Enchauteg, who, officials say, had ties to a woman who used to work at the Value Pawn Store.

Units set up surveillance outside of the woman's home, and after they spotted her leaving with two suit cases, they followed her as she drove to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. 

Enchauteg showed up to meet her shortly after, and that's when, reports say, they took him into custody.

Inside his car, they found the stolen jewelry and cash- along with the gun and backpack he used during the robbery. 

As for the former pawn shop employee, reports say she and a man who showed up with Enchauteg may face charges too. 

10 News will continue with updates on this story as they become available.

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