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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.

Steve Clarke December 07, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Who would have guessed it,Dontez - - - such an honest face. I've been fooled before.
Susan M. December 07, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Lovin' these articles on how our police are catching these guys!! Keep up the good work!
Mike Maestra December 08, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Anyone notice a common thread in the suspects in this robberies?
Steve Clarke December 10, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Gee- - - let me think.
UFWC 951SUCKS December 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM
You are real bright..... DUHHHHHHH. The police did not catch this guy, learn how to read and comprehend. This guy turned himself in. HE was free for almost 5 months before he gave up. THE COPS DID NOT CATCH HIM. So there was no good work involved.
UFWC 951SUCKS December 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Yea the common thread is Oakland County is becoming alot like Wayne Country, all those hoods are moving north.
Steve Clarke December 12, 2012 at 02:39 AM
The real way to stop it is SUPER STRICT LAW Enforcement - that won't be allowed. The other way will be painful for all residents and that is higher property taxes,pressure on apartment owners and rentals,ect. Of course this alone won't prevent the "casual" criminal from plying his/her trade. The police have got to target these groups and let them know they are being watched.I 'll bet most will have warrants & parole violations when they are stopped and checked.

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