LAS VEGAS -- Two men tried to rob a store with a hammer in a brazen armed robbery attempt in the middle of a busy shopping center Tuesday, but the store manager fought back.
Police said this particular store has been hit twice in the past two months as this type of crime is on the rise over the past couple of years.
The two men went into the Home Consignment Store and smashed the jewelry counter, but the manager pulled out a gun and began shooting at the suspects.
"There was a manager and some clerks inside," Metro Police Sgt. Steve Junge said. "As the manager heard the glass breaking and told the employees to run out the back, she's very familiar with it, because she was just robbed last month."
The store manager made sure her employees were safe before going back inside to confront the crooks according to police.
"She got her gun from behind the counter and told the suspects to stop. She fired two rounds where she believed she hit one of the suspects," Junge said.
Police said blood droplets were found inside the store that may have been from the suspects as they fled from the scene. The suspects got away but ditched their stolen getaway truck near the Boulder Station Casino.
Investigators said these types of smash and grab jobs are on the rise around the valley.
"In the past, it's been pawn stores that have been a primary target, but it's been probably the past couple of years where they are targeting jewelry and breaking the glass cases," Junge said.
Police said there are too many similarities between the recent robberies to overlook the possibility that they are related and could be the same suspects.
The two men are described as Caucasian or possibly one white and one Hispanic man.