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'Outstanding patrol work' credited for Cary jewelry store arrest

Posted January 29, 2013

— Cary police are crediting an officer's quick action for an arrest in the robbery Monday morning of a high-end jewelry store in which thieves got away with more than $250,000 in watches and other assorted pieces.

J.M. Edwards security video J.M. Edwards Jewelry surveillance video

"It wasn't a random act. They were fairly organized," Cary police Lt. Steve Fonke said Tuesday of the heist at J.M. Edwards Fine Jewelry, on Kildaire Farm Road. "At the end of the day, we were able to take one into custody through some really outstanding patrol work."

Police said officer Alesha Snyder was the first to arrive at the store Monday morning and confronted three men as they were leaving the store.

"Of course, there were three of them and one of her, but she was able to take one of them into custody," Fonke said.

Snyder declined an interview Tuesday.

The robbery happened around 10:30 a.m. Monday after an employee, mistaking the men for another employee, let them in through a controlled-access door.

Surveillance video released Tuesday shows the men, masked and wearing hooded sweat jackets and blue jeans, entering the store. Two, including one brandishing a gun, jump over the showcase counter, while a third, carrying a bag, walks out of view of the camera.

Police said all three men had weapons, and, according to an arrest warrant, threatened the employee's life.

The men left through a back door, where Snyder was able to capture and arrest Rodger Kent Williams and recover some of the stolen jewelry.

Kent, 41, of 1927 E. Erie Ave., Philadelphia, was later jailed under a $500,000 bond on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

J.M. Edwards Fine Jewelry Cary officer nabs robbery suspect fleeing jewelry store

According to arrest records, he was convicted in 1998 of robbery in Pennsylvania and spent up to 10 years in prison there.

Authorities aren't sure what his connection to North Carolina might be.

Investigators are still searching for the two men who were seen by witnesses running from the jewelry store.

"Our concern is that these men are not from the area and may quickly flee," Fonke said. "Anyone with any information, no matter how seemingly small of a detail, is encouraged to report it immediately so that we may bring swift justice to this business owner.”

Tips can be reported to the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4012 or Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746.

Crime Stoppers pays up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest or indictment of those responsible for committing certain types of crimes.

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  • FtBraggMP Feb 4, 4:44 p.m.

    Here's my second part the article and the responders. I want to say great job to the Cary Police officer who did an outstanding job in apprehending the violent, armed criminal. It's because of brave people like her and other Law Enforcement Officers that people in this area can sleep comfortable at night. And for all those posting about gun control. Do you guys not understand that by taking awawy the right to bear arms you are taking away the right to defend ourselves and our family. These three criminals would still have guns if the liberals get their wish. So, lets go after the criminals with the guns and those who provide the illegal guns to them. Let's not forget the "Fast and Furious" travesty that left one border agent dead that our government allowed to flow into mexico and into the hands of the cartels. Anyway, thank you Officer for such a great job and for all those who posted remarks thanking her..Thank you. Thanks for the support of all Police and Military worldwide

  • liberalmindset Jan 31, 4:00 p.m.

    yes this stuff happens in Durham and Fayetteville on a weekly and daily basis, along with much more violent crimes...attention is on this story simply because it was in Cary, period.

  • immaannoid Jan 30, 6:10 p.m.

    "And yet this entire article is about a female officer that captured an armed person who was with 2 of his partners in crime, that sort of destroys your whole point."

    Nope. My original point was that if she had been male, more than one would have been captured.

  • westernwake1 Jan 30, 5:44 p.m.

    "From the news stories and surveillance video, it appears the robbers buzzed an exterior entrance where the employee had limited visibility to see who was outside. The clerk assumed it was an arriving employee who was expected and let them in."

    My next line did not make it - "The moral of the story is to always check the camera. Don't simply hit the release button."

  • westernwake1 Jan 30, 4:35 p.m.

    "How do you mistake 3 men with hooded sweatshirts & mask as an EMPLOYEE????? Do their employees wear mask to work???? Sounds strange to me!!!" - lisa4

    From the news stories and surveillance video, it appears the robbers buzzed an exterior entrance where the employee had limited visibility to see who was outside. The clerk assumed it was an arriving employee who was expected and let them in.

  • lisa4 Jan 30, 3:18 p.m.

    How do you mistake 3 men with hooded sweatshirts & mask as an EMPLOYEE????? Do their employees wear mask to work???? Sounds strange to me!!!

  • That Explains It Jan 30, 2:34 p.m.

    Vietnam Vet, I thought the "kneecaps" was fairly humane. Where would you have shot them?

  • Tax Man Jan 30, 2:27 p.m.

    If I was the jewelry store I would get a picture ID before I let them enter. Also a metal detector might be helpful. Man, $250K of loot is big. Good police work. Catch the others please and keep them in prison for a very long time! Too bad the officer at the scene did not pull her weapon and "hold" them there or shoot them when they ran away. And why doesn't the clerk in this store have a gun?

  • Stringbean Jan 30, 2:18 p.m.

    I would think there might be a good chance that they had tried to get in a few other stores in that very same area. just got lucky getting in this one.

  • Vietnam Vet Jan 30, 2:11 p.m.

    Kudos to the Cary officer!! What I'd like to know is how in the world do you mistake three men in hoods and masks as an employee and then let them in a controlled access door??? Something fishy here!!! Some of y'all don't have a clue... Shoot them in the kneecaps...REALLY?? Somebody's watching too many TV shows and movies!

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