4 men arrested in connection with $100,000 jewelry store robbery in Phoenix


Four men have been arrested in connection with a burglary at a jewelry store in the Valley where Phoenix police say $100,000 worth of merchandise was stolen.

Now, investigators are looking into a string of burglaries that spans three states.

Police say the heist is part of a possible trend where a group of suspects are targeting a Sam’s Club warehouse. The latest incident was captured on body camera video.

Investigators say that on May 18, the suspects broke down the doors to enter the store near 83rd Avenue and McDowell Road, walked directly to the display cases, smashed them, grabbed the jewelry, then fled the premises.

“Once inside, they went straight to the jewelry counter,” said Sgt. Mercedes Fortune with the Phoenix Police. “They immediately knew where they were going, grabbed as many as they could and drove off in a vehicle.”

The store was then closed to customers and two employees were not injured.

Police say technology and surveillance video of the crash and seizure helped them locate the suspects.

The same day, Sgt. Mercedes Fortune says officers located a vehicle near 12th Street and Interstate 10 and arrested the four suspects.

Jamone Williams, 25, Derrick Welch, 27, and Darius Sutton, 18, were arrested without incident. A 17-year-old man was also taken into custody and detained at the Durango Juvenile Detention Center.

Jamone Williams, Derrick Welch and Darius Sutton

Officers recovered all of the stolen jewelry.

Officials say similar recent heists have occurred at other Sam’s Club locations in North Phoenix, Las Vegas and Roseville, Calif. Investigators are trying to find out if these burglaries are all related.

“Same company, same types of items they were specific to grab,” Sgt. said Fortuna. “It’s immediate – grab it, get out and go… This leads us to believe it’s a crew that’s specific.”

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