Officers quickly thwart jewelry robbery

Details of a botched heist at a local jewelry store indicate that a rapid response from town officers helped lead to the arrest of three would-be robbers.

Last month, Collierville police arrested three Detroit men who were thwarted trying to rob the Jared Galleria of Jewelry at Carriage Crossing during a Tuesday afternoon.

Officers responded to a robbery in progress call on June 18 at 4615 Merchant's Park Circle.

On the scene, Chance L. Reed, 20, was immediately detained in the parking lot. Officers proceeded into the store where two more suspects were “actively in the process of robbing the business.”

The suspects, DeShawn T. Bates, 21, and Antonio D. Jones Jr., 20, fled on foot through the rear employee door as soon as they spotted the officers.

Reports state, “Numerous officers pursued the duo on foot and in car until they were apprehended in the area of Mercedes-Benz of Collierville.”

Witnesses stated that Bates and Jones entered the store with their faces covered and carrying black duffel bags around two minutes prior to officers entering the building.

“Within those two minutes,” reports state, “the duo ordered all of the customers and employees to one part of the store and immediately crossed into the 'employee only' area behind the sales counter of the high end jewelry.”

The counter also houses all of the store's graded loose diamonds.

The suspects ordered an employee to open all of the jewelry cases and proceeded to empty each showcase until they were interrupted by officers. The suspects then fled out of the back door before being apprehended.

The suspects also stole two iPhones from store customers and a luxury watch.

All of the merchandise was returned to the store and the customers. The total amount of merchandise stolen from Jared was estimated at $700,000. The value of items stolen from customers was around $3,000.

All three men have been charged with robbery over $250,000 and 12 counts of kidnapping, with Bates and Jones receiving the additional charged of evading arrest.

All three suspects have addresses within blocks of each other in Detroit, Mich.