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The three wanted suspects

Twelve Oaks evacuated following failed smash and grab jewelry heist
August 21, 2016  Photos by Joseph Caputo Photography

NOVI, MI - Yet another failed smash and grab robbery caused the evacuation and closing of Novi's Twelve Oaks Mall on Saturday evening. The incident took place about 5:30 p.m. at Tapper's Jewelry.

Three black male suspects entered the store and smashed a display case with a hammer. A fourth suspect was apparently waiting outside in a gold Chrysler 200. One suspect escaped with the driver, while the other two fled in an unknown direction. The men were able to take two watches of an undisclosed value.

Multiple patrons apparently thought there was gunfire. This resulted in a large, area-wide police response including the Michigan State Police, Oakland County Sheriff's office and other area units. It is believed the sound of the breaking display case sounded like gunfire, and Novi Chief of Police David Molloy tells us there was no gunfire.

Molloy also reports that at least four patrons were injured during the ensuing chaos. Novi FD and Community EMS responded and transported three patients with minor injuries - an ankle injury, head wound and head/neck pain. One patient with a headache from being pushed down was cleared by medics and signed-off.

The mall was cleared after several hours, and is expected to reopen as usual on Sunday morning.

A similar incident took place last month. Those suspects were immediately captured by police, and the mall remained open.

An Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy assists with the mall evacuation