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Person of Interest Identified in Kranich’s Jewelers Robbery

According to a PSU Text alert, an armed robbery occurred at Kranich’s Jewelers this morning on 216 East College Ave.

The suspects were described as three black males wearing black hoodies, one carrying a black duffle bag. One of the suspects was also carrying a silver pistol.

No details are being released at this time but anyone with information should call the borough police at 814-234-7150.

We will have more as this story develops.

UPDATE: 11:30 a.m.

UPDATE: 11:58 a.m.

Three men entered Kranich’s this morning and held a gun to an employee’s head. @LC_Nichols is reporting that “a significant” amount of jewelry was stolen. All three suspects remain at large.

UPDATE: 2:57 p.m.

State College police sent out a release with updated information on the robbery. The first of three suspects demanded keys to the display cases from employees while holding up a handgun. Two additional suspects then entered the store as employees were placed on the floor while the display cases were looted.

The men also robbed an employee of a  ring, watch, and wallet, and fled down the walkway between Kranich’s Jewelry and the Tavern Restaurant.

UPDATE: 6:45 p.m.

Suspect photos and information have been released by the State College Police Department.

Suspect #1 is approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, and approximately 180 pounds, wearing a navy blue running suit and grey hoodie.  He has a round face with a full, “stubbly” beard, is missing a tooth, and is lighter-skinned than the others.  He was armed with a long barrel silver handgun that appeared to be a revolver.

Suspect #2 is approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, shiny black shoes and a dark ball cap.  He has a deep voice and had his face covered with a gaiter of some sort.  Suspect #2 had a silver-colored revolver as well and carried a black Reebok bag.

Suspect #3 is dark-skinned, approximately 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall with a large build.  He was wearing a blue or black waist-length jacket with a hood.    He was also wearing a beanie cap with a logo and had his face covered.  The majority of merchandise was carried out by suspect #3 in a large, blue or black duffle bag with a Mercedes-type logo on the side.

Again, if you have any information on the suspects pictured above, please call the borough police at 814-234-7150.

UPDATE: Feb. 6 3:15 p.m.

Police released a statement earlier today:

The State College Police, in conjunction with the Philadelphia office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, have identified a person of interest in the January 9th armed robbery of Kranich’s Jewelers in downtown State College.   The subject is in custody after being arrested for a jewelry store robbery in another state.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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