Police are seeking the public’s help in apprehending a man who robbed a Boyle Heights jewelry store at gunpoint and using a fake bomb device last month.

The Los Angeles Police Department reports that the suspect, brandishing a semi-auto handgun and wearing a mask, threatened store employees with a bomb if they activated the alarm. The man placed an electronic charger on a glass case and demanded workers put jewelry in his bag. He ran off with the goods without harming anyone in the store.

On Friday, the  LAPD released security footage of that incident:

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The robbery happened on May 15 in the 2200 block of East Cesar Chavez Avenue. There is a Don Roberto Jeweler’s store on that block.

The suspect is described as Hispanic, 25-30 years old, weighing 120 pounds, and standing at 5 feet 7 inches. Detective’s investigation determined the suspect had entered the same jewelry store, posing as a customer, the previous day.

This is the second violent armed robbery in Boyle Heights reported by police last month. Last week police released a video of a heist at a local cellphone store where a robber pulled the trigger on a gun that misfired.

The LAPD encourages anyone with information on either suspect to call robbery detectives at (323) 342-8900.

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