A quick-acting, 71-year-old woman working at Helzberg Diamonds in North Wilmington was able to ward off five masked bandits trying to force their way into the store Tuesday night, according to Delaware State Police
The attempted theft began 8:30 p.m. as the sales associate was inside the store in the Concord Square Shopping Center preparing to lock-up on the frigid night when she approached the store’s glass front doors.
As she went to lock the doors, two men wearing dark clothing and ski masks approached trying to force their way in. At least one brandished a handgun, state police said. They were joined by three more men, also wearing dark clothing and ski masks.
One of the men forcibly pulled on the door as the sales associate fought to lock it. She was able to do so quickly enough to thwart their attempt to get inside.