On Friday night, a suspected would-be thief was caught on camera trying to smash his way into a Chicago jewelry store with a heavy metal chain – but instead came face-to-face with the barrel of a gun.
Surveillance video captured the shocking moment of the man in the blue coat lurking first. When people walked by along Jewelers Row just before 1 a.m., he waited for them to pass – and then peeked in the window of The Jewels of Chicago.
He then left for a second, only to come back with a heavy metal chain. He threw that chain at the glass door and smashed part of the glass.
Jason Quach, who manages the building, told that the man stepped back and appeared to be checking to see if he would hear an alarm. He was in the office and heard the commotion.
“I don’t think he expected anyone to be inside,” Quach said.
When no alarm goes off, the man prepares to heave the metal chain at the door again. But before he could break the second panel of glass, Quach came running at him with his gun pointed.
“The moment he saw me come out with my firearm drawn, he quickly ran away, and I just heard ‘No. No No. No,” Quach said. “I didn’t get a chance to say anything to him.”
Quach said he was ready to fire a shot if he needed to, but no shots were fired and no injuries were reported. Scroll down for the video.
Jason Quach has a concealed carry permit!
“For me, this store is bread and butter,” said Qadar Mohammed, president, and owner of The Jewels of Chicago. “We cannot predict who’s coming; who’s doing what after hours.”
The Jewels Of Chicago is a family-owned business since 2010.
The identity of the would-be thief is unknown.