GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) – Gwinnett County police say they arrested Jonathan Louis Weston, 32, of Cumming, Georgia, on four counts of robbery and one count of battery following the latest in a series of kidnapping and absconding incidents at jewelry stores — this one at a store in the Sugarloaf Mills mall in Duluth.
Police said officers responded to a robbery call from the mall’s Zales store on Wednesday.
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According to a police statement, witnesses said a white man entered the store and asked to see a diamond ring. The report says that when an employee handed the ring to the man, he fled. Someone passing the store heard the commotion and tried to stop the man, but was pepper sprayed in the face.
The statement said the man continued to run from the store and into the parking lot, where he jumped into a car. Witnesses were able to record the license plate number of the vehicle in which the man took off.
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Police say Forsyth County deputies arrested Weston and took him into custody with the assistance of the Gwinnett County Special Investigations Section.
Gwinnett County police said previous incidents included one at a Sugarloaf Mills store on Dec. 29, in which a ring worth about $8,900 was stolen.
In addition, two incidents occurred at jewelry stores in the Mall of Georgia – one on December 24 in which a pair of earrings worth approximately $4,500 were stolen, and the other on December 27, where two pairs of earrings with a combined value of over $25,000 were taken.
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