Arrest warrants issued for two in jewelry theft

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CAPE MAY – Law enforcement officials have announced a break in a theft case in which the alleged thieves made off with approximately $95,000 in rings from a local jeweler.

Prosecutor Robert Taylor of the Cape May County Prosecutors Office and Chief Robert Sheehan of the Cape May Police Department announced the issuance of two arrest warrants for the theft of jewelry from Artisans Alcove Estate Jewelers on May 8. The subjects are identified as Robert Weathers, 53, of Gwenn Oak, Md., and Robin Nelson, 50, of Baltimore, Md.

Individuals matching the description of the suspects were seen on security video taking part in the robbery. While three other individuals kept the attention of the store employee and blocked her view of the other two, a man was seen reaching over counters and taking trays of rings, then handing them to a woman, who stuffed them into a handbag.

As the man and the woman were leaving the store,  the woman was seen touching one of the others on the arm as she passed – an apparent signal that they were finished. The other three asked directions to a bank where they could use the ATM and left.

Artisan’s Alcove owner William Scott said his employee noticed the theft almost immediately and called the Cape May Police, who were on the scene in two minutes. Scott said he believed a sixth person was involved in the theft. He said a man waited outside with earphones in his ears, listening to a cell phone, apparently as a lookout. One of the men on camera is seen adjusting a Bluetooth device in his ear.

Both of the defendants are being charged with second degree theft of jewelry.

The investigation remains ongoing with the combined efforts of the Cape May City Police Detective Division, the Cape May County Prosecutors Office, and the Baltimore County Police Department of Maryland. Additional warrants are expected to be issued.

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