Sartor Hamann robbery

Lincoln police officers and Sartor Hamann employees crowd the front doors of the store at SouthPointe Pavilions after an armed robbery on March 22.

Prosecutors have charged two Omaha men in connection with the armed robbery of Sartor Hamann Jewelers at SouthPointe Pavilions, according to court records.

Anwar Hunt, 36, and Joshua Dortch, 27, each face a robbery charge following Friday's heist.

In court documents, Lincoln police allege that a man wearing a dust mask and traffic vest came into the store at 2900 Pine Lake Road just after 1 p.m. brandishing a handgun and holding a hatchet.

The man ordered the people inside the store not to move, made his way through the store and opened a door to let in another man bearing the same description, police said.

The men went over to a counter displaying men's and women's watches, took 33 and left out of a backdoor before driving off in a red car, an arrest affidavit said.

No one was injured.

Using unspecified investigative techniques, police tracked the car to an area just east of 40th Street and south of Tierra Briarhurst Park, police said. The car was still running, but no one was inside.

Officers searched the area and found Hunt and Dortch, who investigators believe had separated after leaving the car, the affidavit said.

Hunt had a revolver in his possession that matched the description of the gun used in the robbery, police said.

In the car, police also found dust masks and other clothing similar to the attire worn by the jewelry store robbers, the affidavit said.

The two were arrested about 30 minutes after the heist was reported, according to police.

Hunt and Dortch had recently been released from prison, according to state and federal records.

Hunt was discharged from a Nebraska prison in December after serving a burglary sentence out of Douglas County.

Dortch had been in this final year of a three-year federal parole stint following his release from prison in October 2015. He served a six-year sentence for illegally possessing a gun.

A federal judge on Monday moved to set a hearing to determine whether Dortch's parole should be revoked.

Both Hunt and Dortch face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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Riley Johnson reports on local government in Lincoln.

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