Police: Manassas jewelry store robbery at knifepoint was inside job

MANASSAS, Va. (WJLA) – Prince William County Police say a mid-afternoon robbery at a Manassas jewelry store on Friday was an inside job.

Around 2:40 p.m. on July 25, an employee at the Manassas location of DMV Gold Buyer & Jewelry Exchange, at 13625 Dumfries Road, reported a robbery in progress. She told officers a man with a knife came into the store and demanded money and jewelry, which she handed over. She also claimed the suspect assaulted her before leaving.

Customers told ABC 7 News something didn’t seem quite right about the alleged victim’s story.

“The whole inside behind the counter is bullet-proof glass, so it doesn’t make sense to me that somebody would rob someplace like that with a knife and get anything,” said customer Chris Keener.

Investigators questioned the employee, and when they got a look at the store’s surveillance video, they say her story began to unravel. Police concluded the heist was an inside job.

Prince William County Police arrested the employee, 20-year-old Reem Awwad, and an acquaintance of hers, 24-year-old John Ransom Jr., both of Alexandria. No one at either of the suspects’ residences would speak with ABC 7 News on Monday.

People who live in the area near the store are still trying to make sense of it all.

“I wouldn’t resort to that,” said Manassas resident Anthony Gaetano. “It’s not worth it.”

Police say they recovered all the money and jewelry.

Awwad and Ransom face charges of grand larceny, filing a false police report, and conspiracy to commit grand larceny.