Robbery Suspects Caught After Jewelry Heist; One Loose

Two of the three men believed to be involved in a jewelry store robbery are in custody, while one remains on the loose.

The incident happened at about 4 p.m. Wednesday According to authorities, three men entered Fling Jewelry and asked to see a ring. When the ownership produced that ring, one of the men grabbed the ring. The ownership then said the men made threatening gestures and tried to run.

The store's owner ended up stopping one of the three men, 21-year-old Howard Jefferson III. The other two escaped.

Jefferson is charged with theft of property between $20,000 and $100,000, a third-degree felony that carries up to ten years in prison as a punishment.

Later, police dogs were able to track down the second suspect down. Joe Tennell, 21, was arrested. Tennell also faces the same theft charge as Jefferson, but is also wanted on five outstanding warrants, including aggravated assault, assault causing bodily injury, DWI failure to appear and failure to identify a fugitive.

Both men have a litany of arrests on their records.

A search is underway for the other suspect. He may be injured, as a trail of what is believed to be blood drops were trailing away from the scene. The glass door of the store was broken as the suspects exited, police believe.

That suspect is described as a 6'2" black male weighing around 180 pounds.

Authorities also made a stop Wednesday night at David Gardner's Jewelers, where workers there saw three men matching the description of the suspects enter the store and look around. Surveillance video at the store was examined by police.

No word on whether Fling had surveillance video.

If you have any information leading to the arrest of the suspect in question, call Bryan Police.


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