Crime

July 21, 2014

Suspects involved in Columbia jewelry heist captured in Maryland hotel room

Two suspects wanted in connection with a Columbia jewelry heist worth more than $100,000 have been captured in Baltimore, Md., police say.

Robert Antoine Weathers, 53, and Robin Tracy Nelson, 50, were arrested after a tip led Baltimore County Police officers to a hotel in Catonsville, Md., earlier this month, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said in a statement released Monday.

The two face charges of grand larceny and criminal conspiracy in Columbia and were wanted on similar charges in the Baltimore area.

The pair were part of a group of four suspects involved in a midday theft at the Moseley’s on Broad River Road earlier in June. At least three suspects – two women and a man – worked to distract store employees by pretending to be customers while the fourth suspect slipped into a restricted area of the store and took diamonds worth more than $100,000 from an open safe.

Columbia Police released surveillance photos of the four suspects and surveillance video captured one of the suspects hiding a jewelry tray inside his coat.

Weathers and Nelson are also wanted in Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania for allegedly committing similar heists.

Investigators with the Columbia Police Department have partnered with multiple law enforcement agencies in the investigation. Investigators believe that all of the suspects, including additional accomplices, target smaller, independent jewelry stores and may have stolen between $350,000 to $500,000 in jewels and money.

In addition, the department is working with Baltimore County Police to arrange for extradition of the two suspects, Holbrook said. However, a time frame for when that will occur has not been set.

Anyone with information on the theft or the whereabouts of the remaining two suspects is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (888) CRIME-SC, text CRIMES (274637) and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC” or submit a time to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com.

Mindy Lucas

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