There is something missing from Bob Boffa's Gardendale Jewelry store. You have to look closely to see it though.
"Got two chains, both 14 karat yellow gold rope chains," Boffa said.
Boffa and Gardendale Police say Tuesday, May 7 a man came into the store and took the chains, which are worth about $2,000. Now among Boffa's other chains sit two empty hooks where the stolen items used to sit. Boffa says he was suspicious of the man from the time he entered the store.
"My daughter was coming to wait on him. I didn't like the way he came in. Didn't look the part of our normal customer. I decided to help Mr. Wimpy myself. If you're going to steal. Steal from me," Boffa said.
He apparently did.
"Showed him one or two chains. He looked around for a minute basically to see who else was in the store. To see if he had a clear view out. I backed away when he put his hand in his pocket. That's when he took them and said, ‘Thank you, bubba,'" Boffa said.
But, it turns out, in a way, the suspected robber something more than those parting words: his picture.
"We had side views front views back views everything. Thank God we had him on video so hopefully police have a good description of him," Boffa said.
The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-20's, with brown hair, a thin beard, standing approximately 5' 9", and weighing 140 pounds. He was wearing red, knee-length sweat pant shorts, a white t-shirt with the sleeves cut off, an Alabama flat bill hat and dark colored tennis shoes.
Boffa told police that the suspect's vehicle was a tan or brown or gold Toyota Camry with no tag. The victim added that the suspect had difficulty getting the vehicle started.
If you have any information in this case, you are urged to call police at 205-631-8787 and ask for Detective Brian Baker.
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