Zip ties, stun guns allegedly used in Stoneham robbery

Stoneham police are searching for two men who robbed a coin and jewelry trading shop Tuesday morning, restraining two employees with zip ties and shocking them with stun guns.

Police arrived at Stoneham’s Colonial Trading II on Main Street at about 9:34 a.m. The employees, who had been the only ones in the store, told police that two male suspects entered the business and said they were selling jewelry. While speaking to one of the employees, one of the suspects brandished a knife.

The knife was not used to injure either of the employees, Stoneham Police Chief Jim McIntyre said.

The employee told police that one of the suspects also used a stun gun on him. The second employee, who had been working in the back, heard what he thought was a stun gun and entered the front of the store, where one of the suspects allegedly used a stun gun on him, too, McIntyre said.

McIntyre said the victims did not see a stun gun, but they believe one was used.


The suspects restrained both employees’ hands with zip ties and left the store with several coins, though McIntyre said police were not sure how many coins were stolen.

The employees gave police a description of one of the suspects — a Hispanic male wearing a gray sweatshirt, who is in his mid-20s, about 5-foot-8, and of medium build. They could not provide a description for the second suspect.

The employees sustained minor injuries, McIntyre said, and the second employee was taken to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington for a head laceration.

In March, the store was burglarized overnight, and multiple coins were taken. McIntyre said the suspects in that case were never found.

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