Walton County Sheriff's Office is searching for two suspects in a Saturday night robbery caught on camera at this locally owned jewelry store.
"It happened so fast. I didn't even have time to think. I was somewhat angry, I could tell and then, scared a little bit too. You know, I have never shot anyone before and really don't want to shoot anyone or kill anybody, but, you have to protect what is yours," said Montie Fischer, KM Jewelers Owner.
WCSO says they will not be pressing charges on the shop owner for shooting at the burglars.
"You don't want anybody to be able to come in and steal your property. In this case, he acted in such a way that he wanted to protect himself and his property. These guys, knew what they were doing. They got into the store in less than 15 seconds," said Corey Dobridnia, WCSO Public Information Officer.
After being inside KM Jewelers and seeing the damage the burglars did to the store, it was obvious that they knew what they were doing.
"To do that on that time, they had to have been watching me. They must have been scoping me out," said Fischer.
"These guys had this planned. This wasn't just some I'm going to drive by, your doors are unlocked, I'm going to come in and steal stuff. These guys knew what they were doing and they had come to steal jewelry and they bit off way more than they can chew," said Dobridnia.
Fischer described the two suspects as white males, approximately 5 feet 9 inches. One of the suspects may suffer from injury and as seen in the surveillance video, might be limping.
"We've got a good sense of there demographic and who they might be. Some of the items that they brought inside the store, were dropped in their hurry to get out. So we're going to start there and keep dispersing the video," said Dobridnia.
"I'll be staying here for awhile. I'm not going to let them come and try take anything again. I hope they do though, because this time I'll have a bigger gun and I won't miss. I promise," said Fischer.
KM Jewelers says their open sign will be off until later this week. Their goal is to be back open to serve their regular clientele by Thursday or Friday.
If you have any information on this crime call the Walton County Sheriff's Office, (850) 892-8111.
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