Jeweler Stockton, 74, stole $400,000 in cash, gold and diamonds

$400,000 in cash, gold, diamonds and more was stolen on January 25 this year by an armed robber

STOCKTON, Calif. — It was a brazen and brutal nighttime robbery that took 74-year-old Guillermo Garcia’s most prized possessions.

“I pretty much lost my life’s work,” said Garcia, owner of Guillermo’s Jewelers on South San Joaquin Street in downtown Stockton. Garcia has been a certified jeweler for over 30 years.

The robbery actually took place in front of Garcia’s house. It happened on Jan. 25, just before 6:30 p.m. For the past year, Garcia has been bringing home his most prized wares instead of leaving them at the store.

Home security video captured the armed robber walking towards Garcia while next to his car parked on the street.

Pointing a gun, the suspect retrieved a gray plastic container containing the goods. Garcia said he ran after him and was punched in the face with the robber’s gun and knocked unconscious.

“I have nightmares. Sometimes I can’t sleep and it’s a really bad feeling,” Garcia said.

“I think they knew our routine, and I think they had been stalking us for a while,” said Betty Andrade-Garcia, Garcia’s wife and store manager.

It was the third time the couple had been victimized.

The first time was six years ago when burglars entered through the roof and then opened a hole in the back wall of the store. A large metal plate now seals the hole.

Another time burglars got in by blowing a hole in the side wall of the store.

Stockton Police released a short video of a damaged sedan at the rear passenger door, believed to be the getaway car in the January robbery.

In business for 32 years in downtown Stockton, the store had no insurance. But the couple vow to stay open and hope those responsible are caught.

“I was raised to be a fighter, and I’m going to fight until the end,” Garcia-Andrade said.

If you tip that leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000. Call Stockton Crime Stoppers at 209-946-0600. You can remain anonymous.

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