ENFIELD, Conn. (WWLP) – A man whose alleged attempt to rob a jewelry store was thwarted by the store owner was arraigned in an Enfield courtroom Wednesday.
Jeffrey Hluchnik did not enter a plea in court Wednesday, but was ordered held on $500,000 bail. The 42 year-old is accused of trying to rob the Furnari Jewelers at the Enfield Square Mall on Sunday.
Store owner Joe Furnari told 22News that Hluchnik came into the store armed with a realistic air pistol, demanding gold and diamonds. After surrendering some gold chains, Furnari says he noticed the suspect’s attention was focused on the store’s diamonds. Sensing an opportunity, Furnari knocked him out, pinning Hluchnik on the carpet until the police got there.
Hluchnik was taken to the hospital, and his arraignment had been put off while he recovered.
Hluchnik is being charged with of conspiracy to commit robbery, attempt of larceny, carrying a pistol without a permit, threatening, and criminal mischief. His next court date is in Hartford on June 10.