Forsyth man arrested, charged with robbing 4 Gwinnett jewelry stores

The second theft took place a few days later, also at the Mall of Georgia….

The second theft took place a few days later, also at the Mall of Georgia. Police said Weston visited the Diamond Ring Company on Dec. 27 and asked to check the prices on two different earrings. As the store employee looked at the price tags, Weston is accused of snatching them and running from the store. One earring was valued at $14,800 and the other was worth $11,000.

Two days later, police said Weston committed another robbery at Sugarloaf Mills. He visited the Jewelry Box Outlet and asked to see a diamond ring, which he once again grabbed before running from the store, police said. The ring was valued at $8,900.

One week later, Weston is accused of visiting the Zales at Sugarloaf Mills and committing the robbery that led to his arrest, police said. In Wednesday’s incident, a bystander heard the Zales employee yell when Weston allegedly grabbed the diamond ring and ran away. The bystander tried to stop Weston, but police said the good Samaritan was pepper-sprayed.

Weston remains in the Gwinnett jail without bond, police said.

We are attempting to identify the suspect in these photos in connection with an aggravated assault / kidnapping case...

Posted by City of Decatur Police Department, GA on Wednesday, January 5, 2022

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On Thursday, December 30, 2021 at approximately 8:54 am, Decatur Police were notified of a kidnapping that occurred...

Posted by City of Decatur Police Department, GA on Thursday, December 30, 2021

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The woman suffered a non-life-threatening injury and was able to drive herself to a nearby hospital.","_id":"BGUXEV6L7RAOLCSJLU6TWSZCKU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1640889978778,"type":"text","content":"According to police, investigators are gathering evidence and following up on leads in the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Decatur police at 404-373-6551 or Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-8477 to remain anonymous.","_id":"H5G5WC5R5BD5VKGLOA7SFQOIWA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1640889978779,"type":"text","content":"— Please return to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for updates."],"display_date":"2021-12-30T19:34:35.252Z","headlines":"basic":"Cops: Decatur woman kidnapped, forced to make ATM withdrawals, then shot","first_publish_date":"2021-12-30T19:34:35.252Z","taxonomy":{"sections":["path":"/news/crime","parent":"default":"/news","_website":"ajc","parent_id":"/news","name":"Crime & Public Safety","description":"Crime in Atlanta: News and issues about crime, criminals, police and personal security in metro Atlanta. 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