Smash and grab robbery at Premium Outlets ends in police chase
Updated On: Nov 05 2012 09:50:30 AM CST
A wild police chase across two counties has put three men behind bars.
It all started Saturday night around 7:45 at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick, Montgomery County. Police say three males entered the Ultra Diamonds store located in the outlets, equipped with mallet hammers. According to police, the trio then proceeded to start smashing the store's display cases and taking the jewelry inside them.
The men then fled in a car heading west on Route 422 where police started chasing them. As the robbers sped into Chester County, authorities told us the actors started throwing items at the officers in pursuit. Officials say those items ended up being pieces of jewelry they had stolen.
Police say the pursuit finally ended in a Phoenixville park when the escape car pulled over. All three men have been taken into custody and are being arraigned.
Officials say a majority of the $64,000 in jewelry has been recovered.
Police said the subjects may be linked to other smash and grab robberies in the area.
The three suspects were identified as:
Amin Shabazz, 21; Brian M. Sheed, 21, and Willie Hawkins Smith, 21, all of Philadelphia. All three face charges of robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and other related charges.
Police said Shabazz has a prior arrest for retail theft and is wanted to failure to appear in Bucks and Lancaster counties.
Sheed has a prior arrest for criminal trespass and corruption of minors.
Smith has prior arrests for drugs, receiving stolen property and firearms violations including an arrest July 25 in the City of Philadelphia which he's currently out on bail. He also has an outstanding arrest warrant from Evesham Twp. police for armed robbery of a jewelry store, police said.
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