Jewelry heist still unsolved

by Erin Loback | 8/14/97 5:00am

Both of the armed robberies committed in Hanover Spring term have yet to be fully resolved. While the armed robbery of the Ward Amidon jewelry store remains unsolved, the suspect in a West Wheelock hold-up remains jailed pending his trial.

The gunpoint robbery of the Ward Amidon jewelry store on Main Street remains unsolved and without suspects, according to Detective Sergeant Frank Moran of the Hanover Police.

On the afternoon of May 24, two unmasked men entered Ward Amidon with guns, threatened the clerks and left with cash and jewelry.

The Hanover Police obtained an artist's sketch of the two men based on descriptions from the clerks. The clerks said one man was five-foot-three with dark hair and spoke with Brooklyn accent, and the other man was six feet tall with red hair.

"We still don't know who they are," Moran said.

He said The Hanover Police sent fingerprints taken from the crime scene to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, who have an automated fingerprint identification system that compares fingerprint samples with prints from known criminals.

The Hanover Police also sent prints to other states with fingerprint ID systems, Moran said, and they are in contact with police departments in other states looking for similar armed robbery crimes with similar methods of operation.

"We have also talked to the FBI jewels and gems unit," he said.

Moran said the Hanover Police have spoken with Canadian authorities about the crime, as well.

Armed robbery is a Class A felony which carries a penalty of up to 15 years incarceration, and a $4,000 fine, Moran said.

Gerion Silva, who was arrested in early April for the March 12 armed robbery of a woman on West Wheelock Street, is currently in jail in North Haverhill, his lawyer Michael Kainen told The Dartmouth yesterday.

Silva was arrested because Hanover Police believe he is the man who pointed a handgun at a woman's abdomen, demanded money and then fled with a small amount of cash.

Kainen said Silva may go to trial, but "you can never tell whether a case is going to trial until the jury is picked."

He said Silva has a status conference at the end of September, and jury selection could occur at the end of October.

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