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Oklahoma City Police seeking details in gem heist, shooting

BY JOHNNY JOHNSON Published: February 13, 2010

A gem dealer who was robbed Wednesday afternoon opened fire on the three armed men who took a $350,000 bag of jewels from him, police said.

Police were called shortly before 2 p.m. to the armed robbery in front of Russell Stover, 5704 N May Ave., Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said.

The gemstones included sapphires and rubies, the victim told police.

Gem dealer Howard Marcon, 64, of Dallas, told police he was leaving the candy store when he was attacked by three masked men holding guns.

Marcon said he could offer no description of the men because of the masks, but he told investigators all three men spoke a foreign language, Wardlow said.

Witnesses told police they saw the men attacking Marcon and Marcon firing at the robbers’ car as they fled.

Wardlow said the district attorney’s office will review the case to determine if Marcon’s use of force was appropriate.

Officers found the suspect vehicle in a parking lot a few blocks away, Wardlow said. The car had two bullet holes — one in the front driver’s side fender and another in the rear bumper.

Wardlow said she has heard that at least one person said his vehicle was shot during the incident, but that person has not filed a report with police.

"We would ask that anyone who was involved in this, whether they received property damage or were a witness, to come forward so we can document the information and determine what will happen,” she said.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 235-7300. has disabled the comments for this article.