PAIR SOUGHT IN MIDDAY ROBBERY

Red Bank Police were searching Monday night for two suspects who posed as coin sellers in an afternoon holdup of a Shrewsbury Avenue jewelry store.

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According to police Capt. Steve McCarthy, one of the suspects — two black males in their 40s —  had arranged to meet with the owner of the Little Diamond store to sell some gold coins.

During the course of 2p meeting, the shop owner told the seller that he would have to test the coins for purity.

The customer objected, pulled a handgun, and insisted he be paid a previously discussed sum, McCarthy says.

The store owner complied, and the suspects fled. No one in the store was injured, McCarthy says.

Police described the gunman as 45 to 50 years old, five-foot-seven, medium build, with a medium to dark complexion and a goatee. He was wearing a baseball-style cap, black jacket with large front pockets and a hood.

His alleged accomplice is said to be in his 40s, five-foot-eight or -nine, dark to medium complexion, thin build, wearing a grey hat with a full brim around it..

Anyone with information to share may call the detective division at 732.530.2719 or may leave information anonymously at the department tip lie, 732.450.9704.

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