Caught: Suspect in Downtown Rochester Jewelry Store Heist
Police say Curtis Dontez Webb robbed Lucido Fine Jewelry in July.
A 22-year-old Detroit man sought by Rochester Police since the robbery of a downtown jewelry store this summer has turned himself in.
Police identified Curtis Dontez Webb from a fingerprint recovered from the scene of the July 28 robbery of Lucido's Fine Jewelry, said Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm. Police issued a warrant for his arrest and, along with the Oakland County Fugitive Apprehension Team, began an extensive search for him.
Schettenhelm said Webb turned himself in to the Oakland County Jail on Sunday night; he was arraigned this week before 52-3 District Court Magistrate Melinda Balian on charges of first-degree retail fraud and receiving and concealing stolen property valued at more than $20,000. He remains jailed on a $25,000 bond.
"The investigation continues in hopes of locating the stolen property and other suspects still at large," said Schettenhelm, who thanked the Oakland County Sheriff's Office and the Detroit Police Department for aiding in the investigation.
On that July Saturday, police say Webb and another man came inside Lucido's from the rear alley entrance and walked to the front of the store. One of the men took out a small mallet and broke out the top glass on a display case; they then took three Rolex watches and fled out the front door onto Main Street, police said.
A witness got a look at their getaway vehicle, which was recovered by Detroit Police that night.
Schettenhelm said his department is actively looking for the second man as well as two individuals who were in the car. He said he was pleased that Webb is in custody.
"When you work hard to put a case together, the last part of the puzzle is to get the person in custody," he said.
Schettenhelm said his department is also continuing to work on the investigation into a robbery last month at Antiques by Pamela, a jewelry store just across Main Street from Lucido's. In that robbery, an employee was bound with duct tape while three armed men robbed the store. Schettenhelm said he had some "promising irons in the fire" on that case.