Robbers steal $300,000 in dog jewelry

Feb. 17, 2009 at 11:43 AM

PARKER, Colo., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A salesman says armed and masked men robbed him of $300,000 worth of dog jewelry after the Rocky Mountain Cluster Dog Show in Denver.

"We can't just say that it seems kind of far-fetched," said police Capt. Jim Tsurapas. "We're treating it as an armed robbery."

The 64-year-old salesman from Kansas City, Kan., said he had stopped Monday in Parker, Colo., about 25 miles from Denver, for a cup of coffee when three masked men, one carrying a gun, approached him at his car, The Rocky Mountain News reported Tuesday.

The men took three tubs of dog jewelry and a handgun the salesman had in a briefcase, said the police report. The salesman, who was the only witness to the robbery, told police he kept the jeweled dog collars in tubs because they were inconspicuous looking.

Police said they were checking surveillance videos of the area to see if they could find evidence of the robbery.

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