Armed robber sought by authorities

Union Democrat staff

Authorities are still searching for the suspect in Thursday's armed robbery in Copperopolis.

New details emerged Friday when the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office reported that the heist also included a bomb scare.

The robbery was reported around 2:30 p.m. at Firefall Jewelers on Stone Street.

A store clerk told the Sheriff's Office and Angels Camp Police Department that a man walked into the store with a round object, which he described as a hand grenade, and said he had an accomplice standing on the roof with a "high-powered rifle."

He also said he was going to leave a package behind the building, indicating it possibly contained an explosive device, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The man stole a "significant amount" of jewelry and fled the scene, possibly in a teal or dark green Ford Ranger, the Sheriff's Office said.

A witness told investigators that a man matching the suspect's description placed a package on the ground behind the building.

The Calaveras County Bomb Squad responded and determined the package did not contain an explosive.

Authorities are looking for a man described as about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with brown hair, a medium build and bruised eye. He was last seen wearing a red hat and black sweat jacket.

The Sheriff's Office did not have a sketch available on Friday.

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