Essex County, NJ - Tyrone Shoulars, 23, and James Richardson, 28, both from Newark, have been sentenced to a combined total of 25 years in state prison for the 2014 daytime armed robbery of Salermo Jewelers in Elizabeth. 

On Nov. 24 Elizabeth police units responded to Salermo Jewelers on Elizabeth Avenue near U.S. Routes 1and 9 to find that the store had been held up at gunpoint, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo, who prosecuted the case. After threatening the store staff and smashing display cases, Shoulars and Richardson discharged their firearm as they left the area with approximately $50,000 worth of stolen diamonds, Ruotolo said. 

Authorities said, no one was struck by the gunfire and an investigation quickly resulted in the pair being identified as suspects in the case.  After a  fast-moving manhunt through neighboring residential areas in Elizabeth, Shoulars and Richardson were arrested the same day, and the stolen jewelry was recovered and returned. 

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In October 2017, Shoulars and Richardson each pleaded guilty to first-degree armed robbery and a related weapons offense.  

Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch. also ruled Friday that 85 percent of both terms are to be served before the possibility of parole under New Jersey’s No Early Release Act. is Elizabeth’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook at and Twitter @TAPElizabeth. 

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