Police responded to an armed robbery at Kim’s Gift Shop in Bloomfield Monday afternoon and have arrested three people accused of smashing display cases and stealing jewelry.
Police said three men robbed the store in the Copaco Shopping Center, at 297 Cottage Grove Road, at 12:15 p.m. on Monday.
One man who had a shotgun and another who had a hammer went into the store to commit the robbery and the other stood guard, according to police.
As the store owner confronted the robbers, they punched her in the face and head, then ran off toward Cottage Grove Road.
Officers who responded saw the robbers running through the yards on Cottage Grove Road toward to Dale Avenue and apprehended them, police said.
One suspect severely cut his hand and was taken to St Francis Hospital for treatment.
The shop’s owner had minor injuries and refused medical attention.
Police went back along the path the men took after apprehending them and found clothing they had shed, a paint scraping tool and a .22 caliber rifle used in the robbery, police said. When they searched the suspects, they found the stolen jewelry.