Jul 29, 2014

Three Arrested After Jewelry Store Smash and Grab

A police chase ended with all three suspects in custody.

Three Arrested After Jewelry Store Smash and Grab Three Arrested After Jewelry Store Smash and Grab Three Arrested After Jewelry Store Smash and Grab

Limerick Township Police arrested three 21-year-old men on Saturday night after being called for a robbery-in-progress at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets' Ultra Diamonds store.

According to a press release from Limerick police chief William Albany, the call came in at 7:48 p.m. 

The caller said three black males wearing bandanas had come into the store, smashed a case with a hammer, and took approximately $64,000 in Rolex watches and jewelry, then fled.

Witnesses described them getting into a 4-door red Buick and driving in the direction of Route 422. Surrounding police epartments were notified.

Upper Providence Township police attempted to stop the car on eastbound 422, but the car did not stop. A passenger threw a bag out of the car window while Upper Providence police were chasing the suspect car. 

The car exited Route 422, with police still in pursuit, and drove through Valley Forge Park, then stopped in Phoenixville Borough. 

The three suspects exited the car and fled on foot, but were stopped and detained after a short foot chase. 

Police recovered the bag that had been thrown from the car and found the stolen watches and jewelry.

The three suspects were identified as Amin Shabazz, Brian M. Sheed and Willie Hawkins Smith, all 21 years old.

Amin Shabazz has a prior arrest for retail theft and was wanted on two failure-to-appear warrants in Bucks and Lancaster Counties.

Brian M. Sheed has a record of arrests for criminal trespass and corruption of minors.

Willie Hawkins Smith has three prior arrests on drug, firearms and receiving stolen property charges. Smith is also out on bail after being charged with armed robbery of a jewelry store in Evesham Township.

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