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Security images show Crabtree smash-and-grab

Posted December 16, 2014

Security images show the suspects in a Dec. 15, 2014, smash-and-grab robbery at a Crabtree Valley Mall jewelry store.
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— Security images released Tuesday show the three men suspected in a smash-and-grab robbery Monday afternoon at a Crabtree Valley Mall jewelry store.

Witnesses told police that three men with a sledgehammer smashed a jewelry case and ran off with more than a dozen Rolex watches from Sidney Thomas Jewelers just after 3 p.m.

"They were literally in and out, 10 seconds or less," a store employee told a police dispatcher, according to a recording of the 911 call released Tuesday. "They reached in quick as they could and took off. Grabbed what they could."

The hammer was left on the floor of the store.

"They just ran off at a full tilt," the caller said.

The thieves fled through the men's section of a nearby Belk's store, knocking down one woman as they fled, the caller said. They also dropped some of the watches during their getaway, the caller said, noting mall shoppers had returned some of the merchandise to the store.

A female employee was unable to give a detailed description of the thieves, saying she was too upset.

"I'm a mother. I don't want to die," she told the dispatcher.

A second employee described the thieves as three black men ages 20 to 30, wearing gray or brown hooded sweatshirts and jeans. One of the men appears to have a mustache in security footage.

Witnesses said the thieves drove off in a gold 2000 Dodge Intrepid that was stolen earlier in the day. The car was found abandoned a short distance from the mall.

Police ask that anyone who can identify the men in the security images or who has information about the robbery call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP.

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  • lopo Dec 17, 2014

    Hey Rolex watches matter, lol Seems we can live without them but they can not survive wthout us.

  • Lightfoot3 Dec 17, 2014

    "You've got to wonder why they don't make the display cases out of some material resistant to being smashed in hold-ups." - sinenomine


    Probably cost.

  • cjwatson3630 Dec 17, 2014

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    I'm wondering the same thing...

  • Angie Cox Dec 17, 2014
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    no it's upstairs

  • Edward Levy Dec 17, 2014
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    why all of the fine tuning about larceny & robbery? Lets catch & put away these FELONS We need to have security cameras FINE TUNED for clearer images.

  • Kyle Clarkson Dec 17, 2014
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    It depends. If the damage you do to the robber greatly outweighs the damaged they caused, then yes you could get in very serious trouble.

  • sinenomine Dec 17, 2014

    All larcenies are not robberies nor vice versa. Larceny is "the trespassory taking and carrying away of another person's personal property with the intent to permanently deprive them thereof". The person who owns the property need not be present. The gravamen of robbery, on the other hand, is the taking of property from a person by force or intimidation. The property involved need not belong to the victim; it merely has to be in the victim's possession at the time of the taking.

  • disgusted2010 Dec 16, 2014

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    Actually NO. Robbery must be from a person. A larceny requires no person be present.

  • Alexia Proper Dec 16, 2014
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    I think smashing cases with some clearly powerful object is more than simple larceny. There is both destruction of property with a clearly dangerous weapon and theft.

  • Dona Hill Dec 16, 2014
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    All larcenies are robberies. You can rob a home without anyone being there.

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