Three Arrested In Texas For Memphis Mall Jewelry Theft
(Memphis) Three men from Houston, Texas, were arrested in connection with the robbery of a Wolfchase Mall jewelry store.
Chadwick Bailey, Andrew Penrice and Dalton Francis were taken into custody in Houston.
Two other men – Rodrick Walker and Maurice Williams – are still wanted.
Police say they believe Walker is in Texas and Williams is in California.
There is a sixth man considered a person of interest, but his name has not been released.
The men arrested are charged with theft of property over $250,000, aggravated robbery, criminal attempt theft of property over $250,000, robbery while acting in concert with two or more others, and vandalism over $10,000.
On January 18, men dressed in black with masks over their faces brazenly smashed through the display cases at Reed’s jewelry store.
“The suspects entered the store smashed the show cases and fled the scene with the merchandise in all less than sixty seconds,” Anthoney Berryhill with the Memphis Police Department said.
But they left clues behind.
“Evidence left at the scene lead investigators to believe the men were not local,” he said.
The group, consisting of five or six men, ran from the store in the direction of Sears, then split into two smaller groups before exiting the mall.
As they ran, one of the men dropped a cell phone. The witness who found it said when they gave it to police numbers were calling from Houston, TX.
Police went to Houston on February 5 to investigate.
Now three men are behind bars awaiting extradition to Memphis.
Documents from the Harris County Clerk’s Office in Texas shows the three men are no stranger to the law.
Bailey’s criminal history includes several drug and theft arrests (his last was in March).
Penrice was charged just three months ago for drugs.
Police arrested Francis last October for theft. He also has an aggravated robbery on his record.
Memphis police won’t say why the men were in Memphis.
“There is a lot of information we can’t reveal,” Berryhill said.
They also won’t reveal if it’s related to similar smash and grabs across the country.
“We are still working with Houston PD,” he said. “It is unknown at this time for certain.”
But police in Houston tell WREG they do believe the group is responsible for at least one of several recent jewelry heists in their area.
That’s not the only department watching Tuesday’s announcement.
Atlanta police told WREG its investigators talked to Memphis Police about this case, and at this point they are still trying to figure out if their recent robbery is connected.
The three men will be in court tomorrow in Houston. It could be days or months before they are brought back to Memphis.
“Hopefully we’ll have these suspects back here in Memphis sooner rather than later, but I don’t have an exact time table right now,” Paul Hagerman with the Shelby County District Attorney’s office said.