Three Arrested After Jewelry Store Smash and Grab

A police chase ended with all three suspects in custody.

Limerick Township Police arrested three 21-year-old men on Saturday night after being called for a robbery-in-progress at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets' Ultra Diamonds store.

According to a press release from Limerick police chief William Albany, the call came in at 7:48 p.m. 

The caller said three black males wearing bandanas had come into the store, smashed a case with a hammer, and took approximately $64,000 in Rolex watches and jewelry, then fled.

Witnesses described them getting into a 4-door red Buick and driving in the direction of Route 422. Surrounding police epartments were notified.

Upper Providence Township police attempted to stop the car on eastbound 422, but the car did not stop. A passenger threw a bag out of the car window while Upper Providence police were chasing the suspect car. 

The car exited Route 422, with police still in pursuit, and drove through Valley Forge Park, then stopped in Phoenixville Borough. 

The three suspects exited the car and fled on foot, but were stopped and detained after a short foot chase. 

Police recovered the bag that had been thrown from the car and found the stolen watches and jewelry.

The three suspects were identified as Amin Shabazz, Brian M. Sheed and Willie Hawkins Smith, all 21 years old.

Amin Shabazz has a prior arrest for retail theft and was wanted on two failure-to-appear warrants in Bucks and Lancaster Counties.

Brian M. Sheed has a record of arrests for criminal trespass and corruption of minors.

Willie Hawkins Smith has three prior arrests on drug, firearms and receiving stolen property charges. Smith is also out on bail after being charged with armed robbery of a jewelry store in Evesham Township.

Michael H November 04, 2012 at 09:24 PM
nameless citizen November 04, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Three less votes for Obama, unless they make bail.
. November 05, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Yeah, this comment isn't racist huh? I'm guessing this "nameless citizen" was one of the clowns at the Romney rally today.
Laura Schwartz November 05, 2012 at 06:53 PM
We really need a program to ensure criminals become a lot smarter than this. Our jails are soon going to be overflowing with really stupid people. Such a disgrace. (Commenting tongue in cheek because you just have to explain it to some folks.)
bingo November 05, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Guess we need to lock up 3 redneck trailer trash illiterates to even the score on election day.
Ike November 05, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Your next pres, SO you better go to PACS now and stock up .... free LOADING DAYS ARE NUMBER...Dick H.
Charlie Cheswick November 06, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Convicted felons can't vote, genius.
Marie November 06, 2012 at 02:32 PM
failure to appear for what? parking tickets? Was the individual accused of arrested for stealing candy, a toy at a young age--- which is why only arrested? Was the criminal trespassing family related? It appears they didn't make good choices certainly, and not experienced in crime appearing stupidly--- like the lady said above--- if guilty. Are they a group of copy cats, wanna be's or hardened criminals? Family members of police officers, businessmen, therapists, nurses, doctors missing something? Let the courts weigh the factors.


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