The most recent robbery took place at about 11:20 a.m. Friday at Cartersville Jewelry Exchange next to Wal-Mart.
During the robbery, employees were forced to get on the floor as two men with handguns held up the store, said Lt. Jeff Tucker, spokesman for the Canton Police Department.
“They attempted to smash out the glass display cases to remove contents,” Tucker said Friday afternoon.
Tucker said the men may have gotten away with jewelry from the store, but he couldn’t say what the value was. Employees at the store, which was closed down after the robbery, also declined to comment Friday afternoon.
After the holdup Friday morning, it is believed the men fled southbound on Interstate 575 in a dark green Ford F-150, which had reportedly been stolen in a carjacking in Atlanta, Tucker said.
A witness followed the F-150 near the Hidden Creek subdivision, where it was later found abandoned, Tucker said, adding that police were in the process of examining the truck.
“A perimeter was set up in the Hidden Creek area as a precautionary measure with assistance of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office and Holly Spring Police Department,” Tucker said.
Tucker said a witness reported seeing two black men throwing things on the side of the road before they jumped into a waiting car on I-575 near exit 14 around the same time the pickup was abandoned.
“Items, not being disclosed at this time, were found on the side of I-575 that were related to the robbery,” Tucker said.
The suspects are described as two black men both about 6 feet tall. One of them was of medium build and wore dark jeans, tan boots and a red hoodie sweatshirt, police said. The other man wore a dark hoodie sweatshirt with white stripes along the arms and dark pants and shoes.
They should be considered armed and dangerous, Tucker said.
The description of two black men in hoodie sweatshirts is the same as the two suspects in another armed robbery last week at a Shell gas station just a few miles down Riverstone Parkway.
Tucker said it was too soon to say if the two incidents were related.
In the first robbery, the Canton Police Department’s investigation has been complicated because the gas station didn’t have a working surveillance system, but the jewelry store did have video.
The Canton Police Department released several still-frame shots of the robbery late Friday afternoon.
Pacer Cordry, community outreach officer for Canton Police, said he didn’t know how much help the photos would be to police, as the men’s faces weren’t shown.
“Both of them had their faces covered,” he said.
But sometimes other features, like clothing, are recognized by readers, Cordry said.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Canton Police Department detectives at (770) 720-4883, or call 911.