Skip to comments.Robber shot during coin shop heist dies
Posted on 02/16/2009 5:17:53 PM PST by marktwain
SAN DIEGO An armed man attempting to rob a North Park coin shop Friday morning was killed after he and at least one of the store's employees exchanged gunfire, police said.
The man and an accomplice went into the Old Coin Shop on El Cajon Boulevard, just east of Texas Street, at 9:16 a.m. and confronted two employees who were both armed with handguns, said San Diego police homicide Lt. Terry McManus.
About the same time police received a 911 call about the robbery and while en route, shots were fired inside the business, McManus said.
Officers found the would-be robber lying on the ground just east of the front door of the shop. McManus said his accomplice had picked him up from inside the store and brought him outside to a nearby parking lot before fleeing with the handgun.
The man had been shot in the left leg and in the lower back, and he died at Mercy Hospital at 9:54 a.m., the lieutenant said. He has been identified as Michael Anthony Watkins Jr., 26, of San Diego.
Witnesses said they saw the second man running from the store. He was described only as a young black man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build and was last seen wearing a gray sweater and dark pants, McManus said.
Officer searching the area found clothing and a handgun in an alley behind a building on Hamilton Street near Howard Avenue, McManus said.
Police are also looking at an older-model car in the Denny's parking lot, which may have been driven by the pair, and are checking it for evidence.
McManus said it has not yet been determined how many shots were fired inside the store or if both employees fired or just one.
The store is equipped with a security system that allows employees to keep the front door locked and buzz customers in, but it was unclear whether that system was in use.
Investigators are also checking for any surveillance video from the store or nearby businesses.
Eric Diaz, 37, said he was in the Denny's restaurant next door washing his hands in the bathroom when he heard two pops and a big crash, which sounded like glass breaking.
Seconds later, police officers rushed into the restaurant's bathroom looking for the shooter. Outside, he saw one of the robbers lying motionless on the sidewalk.
The front glass door of the business, which has bars on the windows, was shattered.
Officers are still searching for the man's accomplice. El Cajon Boulevard, between Texas Street and Hamilton Street, is expected to remain closed for several hours as homicide detectives investigate. McManus said they hope to have the westbound lanes opened soon.
The Old Coin Shop was founded in 1960 by Harlan White, according to the business's Web site. Over the years it has handled many rare and expensive coins, it said. This isn't the first time the business has been targeted by robbers.
In 1994, a thief ran inside, wedged a newspaper under the doorjamb to keep the security door from locking behind him and ran out with about $500 in silver dollars, according to a news report. He was caught down the block by a good Samaritan who was driving by.
It’s going to get worse.....
I seem to have misplaced my hankee.
Got another Beer???
That’s one fewer career criminal. If more of them ended up in cheap coffins, I suspect such “heists” would be a lot rarer. If there is one thing wrong with this story, it’s that one of the armed thugs got away.
Yep, I must say, it’s nice to hear that a bad guy, who may have been a career criminal, has committed his last crime.
**sniff**..I love a happy ending..
If more of them ended up in cheap coffins”
Why should the taxpayers even pay for cheap coffins?
Shoot-—Shovel-—Shut Up. Or is that only for the mountain lions killing livestock?? And the wolves??
btw- when does career crimminal hunting season begin?
Bag em, tag em, ... etc.
Sniff! I always cry at good news ...
Fiscal conservatism at its best.
as soon as the left says it’s open season on criminal republicans, no bag limit..(it’s almost getting to that point with them, isn’t it)..
Yes, waiting for new course setting as the roar of the approching falls gets really annoying in my ears , . . captain, . . captain, hello is there anyone there?
Californians ought to just start hunting gang members—it would reduce crime and Democrat rolls at the same time!
Dang...I did some shopping there last year...nice guys, good Web site:
Now THAT’s gun control. Aim, exhale, squeeeeeeze...
“Californians ought to just start hunting gang membersit would reduce crime and Democrat rolls at the same time!”
And serve the meat at the prisons.
A calif. sheriff was just on PBS radio talking about this;
"The systems gonna break"
He was very concerned.
“just east of Texas Street” Note to felons: don’t mess with just east of Texas Street.
A lot of coin collectors own guns and a lot of gun owners collect coins. Both groups tend to share the belief that people should have the right to defend themselves and what they own and that money ought to actually be worth something. Both groups also tend to detest LBJ, who debased the coinage in 1965 and debased the second amendment in 1968.
If I were planning a heist, a coin store would be about the last place I'd rob. Their security tends to be better than the average bank and many if not most have on site armed security in the person of the owner.
...and clearly labeled as to origin...
Bad ideas to try to rob:
1. Gun shop
2. Pawn shop
3. Coin shop