Kzoo man arrested in jewelry store robbery

A surveillance still photo from a smash-and-grab at Rottermond Jewelers in Brighton. Courtesy: Brighton police. (July 14, 2014)

BRIGHTON, Mich. (WOOD) – A Kalamazoo man suspected in a jewelry store robbery on the east side of the state has been arrested, according to police.

The man, whose name has not been released, is one of three suspects in the robbery of several high-end watches that occurred at Rottermond Jewelers in Brighton Monday around 5:45 p.m., according to the Brighton Police Department.

After two of the suspects walked into the store, one began talking to a sales clerk while the second man found the display case containing the watches and smashed it with a mini sledge hammer, police said.

The suspects grabbed several watches and ran out of the store, according to police. The third suspect was waiting for them in a vehicle outside, and the three fled in the vehicle on I-96.

The suspects were spotted by an off-duty Dearborn Heights police officer who contacted the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office to alert authorities to the suspects’ direction, police said.

A Green Oak police officer was able to block the suspects’ path when they turned the wrong way on a ramp from northbound US-23 to I-96, according to a release from Brighton police.

Police arrested the driver immediately but the other two suspects ran off into the woods, police said. Both were later arrested after they were found hiding near a Dumpster not far away, and all of the stolen watches were recovered.

Formal charges against the suspects, who are being held at the Livingston County Jail, have not yet been determined.

Police said the robbery is not believed to be connected to the robberies at Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry in Grand Rapids or Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry in West Bloomfield, a suburb of Detroit.

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