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A local pawn shop is hit by thieves in the middle of the day.

Police say a man walked into the Top Dollar Jewelry Loan Store in the Monroe Shopping Center on Wednesday. They say the suspect asked to see some jewelry, then grabbed $3,000 in gold chains, and ran outside.

The store owner grabbed his gun and ran after him, but the thief hopped into a car that was waiting for him and took off.

Witnesses describe that car as a Black Mercedes, or BMW with North Carolina tag number BCB-8116.

If you have any information about this case, you're asked to call police.

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