Ottawa police released the photograph of an alleged jewelry store robber Tuesday hoping someone will recognize him and come forward.

Police say a man walked into a jewelry store on St. Laurent Boulevard at about 2 p.m. last Thursday originally posing as a customer. Then all of a sudden, police say, he made a more violent demand for money and smashed a display case.

The robber took off empty-handed and hopped into a waiting car with one or two other people. Police say it was possibly a silver Honda Civic.

The suspect is described as a black man, 6’1” with a larger build and between 22 and 25 years old.  Police say he has dark hair, is clean shaven, and was wearing a grey hoodie at the time of the robbery.

Anyone with information should call the Robbery Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5116 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS).