COLUMBIA, SC — Columbia Police have identified two of the four suspects accused of stealing $100,000 worth of jewelry from a local store.
Robert Antoine Weathers, 53, and Robin Tracy Nelson, 50, are the two suspects police have identified. Police say they will be charged with grand larceny and criminal conspiracy once captured.
Weathers, Nelson and two unidentified suspects allegedly pretended to be customers and asked to see jewelry at a store at 1632 Broad River Road on June 14, according to Columbia Police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons.
Timmons said the distraction allegedly allowed Weathers to walk to a restricted area behind showcases and steal the diamonds from an open safe.
Weathers was captured on surveillance video hiding the diamond tray in his jacket before leaving the store with the other suspects, according to Timmons.
Weathers and Nelson are wanted in several states including Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for allegedly committing similar heists, Timmons said.
Timmons said Columbia Police have partnered with multiple law enforcement agencies to locate the suspects.
Law enforcement partners believe that all of the suspects, including additional accomplices, target smaller, independent jewelry stores, Timmons said. The suspects may have stolen between $350,000 and $500,000 of jewelry and money from other jurisdictions.
Police say the suspects may wear clothing and accessories to disguise their appearances.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.