Suspects caught following Wolfchase jewelry heist

By Jody Callahan of The Commercial Appeal

For the second time in less than three years, a robber smashed into a case full of Rolex watches Sunday at Reeds Jewelers in the Wolfchase Galleria.

And as with the first time, the bumbling suspects were caught.

This latest incident happened a little after 1 p.m. Sunday, when a man — armed with a small sledgehammer — apparently smashed the case containing the Rolexes. Although police haven’t confirmed that detail, a smashed case was visible inside the store Sunday afternoon, a sledgehammer nearby on the floor.

The man grabbed several watches, dropped the hammer and ran. Reeds is at least 150 feet from the closest exit; police weren’t saying yet which way the robber ran.

But he managed to get out of the mall and into a car with two other suspects, both women.

They fled from the mall, but police had a description of the getaway vehicle — a red-and-white Dodge Challenger. Officers saturated the area as the suspects fled east on Interstate 40, then south on Tennessee 385, police said. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol joined the search, and just north of Macon and 385, police stopped the car and took all three suspects into custody.

No shots were fired, and no one was injured in the incident.

This follows another heist at that same jewelry store on Jan. 18, 2014. That robbery appeared more professional, at least at the outset. Six men with sledgehammers burst into the store and stole more than $500,000 worth of watches.

The suspects were later caught in Texas, largely because police traced a phone one of them dropped during the holdup.

Shortly after Sunday’s heist, mall security attempted to run off reporters and patrons who were lingering around the store, which had its security gates pulled down. Still, passersby could see the case containing the watches had spider-webbed glass, and a sledgehammer was lying on the floor next to the case.

Employees at several nearby stores acknowledged seeing or hearing the ruckus, but would not comment on the record. A man identifying himself as the district manager for Reeds also would not comment.


Thief steals $10,000 watch from Scottsdale store

– A brazen theft at a Scottsdale jewelry store happened in broad daylight of several customers, and it was caught on camera.

Police are now asking for the public to help catch the suspects who stole a $10,000 Rolex watch.

The suspects entered the store at the Isaac Jewelers shop at Kierland Commons and posed as customers. When one tried on the watch, they ran off with it.

“Even though we had a bit of suspicion they are customers in my store when you walk in we have to treat them like customers,” said Frank Isaac.

“Rolex is a watch you can resell very quickly. He knows the name and that we had that one, in particular, he went for knowing it was going to be $9,000 to $10,000 resale,” said Isaac.

Seconds after putting on the watch the suspect looked around and ran out of the store. The owner says he and the manager were armed, but there were customers in the store.

“We didn’t want anybody to get hurt. That’s our main concern, especially sine I had customers with kids in the store and I didn’t want to freak them out,” he said.

Police say this is a pretty unusual case in that the thieves didn’t try to hide. And knew they’d be caught on camera.

“If people are going to commit a crime they don’t want to be seen or be caught. So when you see a high profile location like a jewelry store, and you know there are cameras there and in broad daylight, it’s a little concerning,” said James Rothschild with Silent Witness.

No threats were made, and no one was hurt. The owner has now added more security cameras and changed up the store’s customer service policy.

This is why having a non-lethal option available is also a good idea!  And, be in good enough shape to chase and catch these motherfuckers!  Hard to do sometimes in the fancy leather sole shoes, understood.  Stupid punks like this will eventually be caught, if not for this, for something else.