$30K in gold, diamonds stolen from Kernersville store

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- Kernersville Police are looking for two suspects in a violent robbery Thursday that emptied a local business of about $30,000 in jewelry.

The robbery took place around 9:10 a.m. at BC Jewelry and Gifts on Highway 66.

Store owner BR Nong said two armed men with masks entered the store and demanded jewelry and money.

Nong tried to fight off the robbers and ended up getting hit in the back of the head with a shotgun.

"He tried to tie me up, but I wouldn't let him. That's why he hit me in the head," Nong said.

Nong and his wife Chanta were eventually tied up. Nong said he thought he was going to die.

The robbers then started breaking glass cases, and in just three minutes, they had fled the store with tens of thousands of dollars in gold, diamonds and cash.

"This was a violent crime. We're going to relentlessly pursue these guys," said Det. Ryan McGee with Kernersville Police.

But to find the suspects, McGee said they really need the public's help.

"They may hear things from people out on the street. Sometimes people will talk, sometimes they won't. The public will know it before we do," McGee said.

The suspects were described as being 6 feet tall and 5'5" tall, respectively, and wearing all black. The suspects fled on foot.

Anyone with information on the incident or possible suspects is asked to call Kernersville Police at (336) 996-3177.

Nong may have survived the robbery, but he isn't yet sure if his business will be able to.

"We normally sell one engagement ring every 3-4 months. Now we don't have nothing to sell. We're not a big jewelry store. They picked the wrong jewelry store. That really, really ticks me off," Nong said.

Nong said he chose to protect his store with two guns instead of getting insurance as it was less expensive.

However, the robbers came in so quickly and took him by surprise that he didn't have enough time to get to the guns, Nong said.

Nong said thieves have tried to rob his business twice before Thursday, but those happened overnight.