Stoneham police arrested a 22-year-old man Wednesday for allegedly attempting to rob a jewelry store minutes after selling his own items to the store.
Shane Francis Hardy of Stoneham was charged with attempted armed robbery and assault by means of a dangerous weapon on a pregnant woman, Police Chief James McIntyre said in a statement.
At about 1:20 p.m., police responded to Gold Refinery on Main Street in Stoneham for a report of attempted armed robbery.
A female victim told police a man tried to rob the store.
She told police that Hardy came into the store at about 12:30 p.m. to try to sell jewelry. He was unhappy with the price the woman offered him for his items and left the store, police said.
He returned to the store and this time did sell the jewelry, before leaving again.
Five minutes later, he came back and approached the counter with a knife in his hand, police said.
Hardy allegedly told the woman, who was pregnant, not to move and to leave all her belongings.
While Hardy was looking around, the woman ran out the front door and called 911, police said.
By the time police arrived, Hardy had fled.
Police were able to identify him from a copy of his driver’s license that he gave the woman at the store when he sold his jewelry.
Police said they were familiar with Hardy. They located him and placed him under arrest.
Hardy’s bail was set at $25,000.
He was also on active probation from the Woburn District Court Probation Department.
‘The immediate response of our Stoneham Police Officers and their diligent work led directly to the capture of this dangerous individual.’
Hardy had cut off his court-issued GPS monitoring device, police said.
“We are pleased to have apprehended this suspect who posed as a serious threat to the victim during this incident,” McIntyre wrote in the statement.
“The immediate response of our Stoneham Police Officers and their diligent work led directly to the capture of this dangerous individual.”Rebecca Fiore can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.