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Polite thieves use sledgehammers in jewelry store smash-and-grab

Posted October 22, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014

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— Authorities in South Carolina have arrested three men accused of stealing Rolex watches from a Fayetteville jewelry store after smashing several glass display cases with sledgehammers.

It all happened shortly before noon Wednesday at Reeds Jewelers at Cross Creek Mall after one of the men accidentally bumped into a customer – a soldier – and politely excused himself.

But Fayetteville police say the politeness ended when the suspects headed straight to the jewelry counter, took the watches and other merchandise and then fled in a four-door sedan waiting outside.

With the help of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the FBI and local law enforcement agencies, authorities tracked the men to Dillon, S.C., about an hour from Fayetteville, where they were arrested.

Dajuan Cortez Marcellus, 24, Darien Savon Thompson, 21, and Brandon Phillip Wilkerson, 24, were each charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Sources close to the investigation told WRAL News that authorities were able to keep up with the suspects' every move as they made their way down Interstate 95, thanks to GPS tracking devices inside the cases of the expensive watches.

Investigators haven't identified the men or said what charges they face. They are awaiting extradition back to Fayetteville.


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  • Viewer Oct 23, 2014

    These birds stole GPS's which lead to their own capture, hilarious.

  • sezme Oct 23, 2014

    My thoughts exactly.

  • ohbumr Oct 23, 2014

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    any construction company?

  • dh1964 Oct 23, 2014

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    True. But do you know anybody that's hiring sledgehammer operators?

  • HGA_Matt Oct 23, 2014

    This is a place where the investigators probably should have left details out...

    Now with the details out, the next guy knows to bring a sledgehammer and spend a few minutes disposing of the watch/jewelry cases before heading home. I don't see the value in the police explaining what tools they used to catch the criminal.

  • jwsawyer Oct 23, 2014

    Brilliant idea. Maybe we can have them use some sledgehammers doing hard time in jail. HaHa! That won't happen. We want to be nice to inmates. Don't want them to be unhappy.

  • hfm83 Oct 23, 2014

    Police should use those sledgehammers on every one of their knees before they drop them off at the crossbar motel. Not enough consequences for a low breds actions to prevent the crimes any more.

  • iknowjack Oct 23, 2014

    Ooh, the natives are restless in Fayettenam! Probably time to move to a safer area like Durham.

  • 68_dodge_polara Oct 23, 2014

    Not one more!

  • rebelyell57 Oct 23, 2014

    If they had used those sledgehammers to work for a living then they wouldn't be in jail right now.