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Jeweler Arrested After Shots Fired Following Theft

He was reportedly booked into jail on a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness.




A jewelry store owner in Terre Haute, IN, has been taken into custody after shots were fired in connection with a theft incident.

A man entered Darrell’s Diamonds in The Meadows shopping center shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday and stole merchandise, Terre Haute police stated in a Facebook post. The suspect then met another man outside and they fled.

Store owner Darrell Bemis, 72, then allegedly “gave chase and fired multiple shots from a handgun,” according to the post. The Tribune-Star reports that he was booked on a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness. Police stated that Bemis was taken to the Vigo County Jail.

No injuries were reported.

The two suspects have not been located. They are believed to be adults.




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