Suspect arrested in $3M Drake tour bus jewelry heist

4:29 a.m. EDT September 8, 2016

Phoenix Police recovered $3 million in jewelry that was stolen Tuesday in the city from a tour bus used by Drake and Future.

Police said they tracked down the suspect, Travion Lamar King, 21, to a Maricopa County jail, where he was booked early Wednesday on suspicion of criminal trespassing after Arizona State University police found him on the school’s Tempe campus.

Surveillance video helped police identify King as a suspect in the tour-bus burglary. Sgt. Vince Lewis, a Phoenix police spokesman, said King was recognizable because of his previous contract work with local concert venues.

A briefcase containing the jewelry was stolen from a Drake and Future tour bus sometime between 10 and 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. It happened during the concert at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix.

This Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, photo released by Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff’s Office show suspect Travion King. King, 21, was arrested Wednesday in connection with a theft of $3 million worth of jewelry that was taken from a tour bus being used by the rapper Drake and DJ Future the Prince while they were performing Tuesday. (Photo: Uncredited, AP)

Police would not say to whom the jewelry belonged, but Lewis confirmed it did not belong to Drake. He said in a statement Wednesday evening that the “property has been recovered as well and officers will be working with the victim to account for the items reported stolen.”

Representatives for Drake did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday and a representative for Future the Prince declined to comment on the theft case, the Associated Press reported.

Lewis said King was being re-booked into jail in connection with the burglary.

Drake’s Summer Sixteen Tour was expected to resume Wednesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.


FCSO: Man uses hatchet to break into Palm Coast jewelry store 3 times

Store robbed for 2nd time in 11 months

PALM COAST — Employees at Greg Lynn Jewelers off Old Kings Road had a rude welcome when they arrived to work Tuesday morning, finding shattered glass littering the front entrance of the Palm Coast jewelry shop, vestiges of an apparent “smash-and-grab” burglary.

Flagler County sheriff’s deputies later arrested Craig Chavez, 51, of Reinhardt Lane in connection with the Tuesday morning break-in. The Palm Coast man faces charges of burglary, criminal mischief, theft of utilities, and possession of burglary tools in connection with the incident. He remained jailed Tuesday night on $10,000 bail, booking records show.

According to Flagler County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jim Troiano, Chavez used a hatchet to break out windows and enter the store twice early Tuesday morning. The first time came about 6 a.m. when he entered the shop with a plastic bag over his face and took a bag with nothing valuable in it. He was able to get away without triggering an alarm, according to investigation reports.

But Troiano said Chavez returned about an hour later and used a hatchet to break out another window, this time using a T-shirt to conceal his face. He took between 13 and 15 bracelets with a combined value of $500 and left, but not before exposing the license tag of his getaway vehicle. Troiano said also Chavez returned a third time with nothing covering his face.

Investigators traced the vehicle tag to the registered owner, who turned out to be Chavez’s girlfriend. Troiano said she told them that only she and Chavez used the vehicle, and deputies found and questioned Chavez. After he was arrested, they also recovered several of the stolen items. Some were stashed near the jewelry shop and other bracelets were found in Chavez’s dresser. Officials said they have returned several of the stolen items to the shop’s owners and the others are being processed as evidence.

The break-in resulted in between $3,000 and $4,000 in damage to the store, Troiano said.

It was the second such burglary in less than a year at Greg Lynn Jewelers, 101 Flagler Plaza Drive. Two men broke out the glass during an early morning robbery last July moments after they tried and failed to break into Sharp’s Liquor store, which sits two doors down from the jewelry store.

No arrests have been made in any of those cases and Troiano said investigators do not believe Chavez was involved with those robberies.