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Police seek 2nd robber in deadly jewelry store heist

Owner shot, killed 1 robber, was also shot during robbery, police say

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police are seeking a second robber involved in a deadly jewelry store heist in November.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, one robber was shot by the store owner during a struggle Nov. 20 inside the store. The owner was also shot in the altercation, police said.

Kurt Dean, the wounded robber, showed up at a hospital just after 10 p.m. that night and died from his injuries the next day, police said.

The jewelry store owner suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Detectives are trying to identify a second robber, seen in surveillance footage, from the jewelry store heist.

According to a police report, the owner was locking up Jax Jewelry, on West Edgewood Avenue near Moncrief Road, when two masked men confronted him at the back door of the store. A fight ensued inside the store, and the owner was shot but was able to shoot one of the men, who ran from the scene, police said.

The owner walked a couple hundred yards around to the front parking lot of the shopping center and collapsed, police said. A security guard from the nearby Winn-Dixie saw the man collapse and ran over to help.

The owner was taken to UF Health after rescue units arrived.

News4Jax is not naming the owner because one of the robbers has not been caught.

Anyone with information about the attempted robbery or the identity of the second robber is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.