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Florida thieves use sledgehammers to steal more than $340 G jewelry: police

Three of the four suspects arrested for stealing more than $340,000 worth of jewelry in Orange County mall in Florida on Thursday
(Orange County Jail)

A group of four suspects smashed the way to a large but short-term payday in the Florida Mall jewelry store in Orange County on Thursday, by the use of sledgehammers to smash the cases of 17 watches, worth more than $340,000.

The four suspects – Lorenzo Caldwell, 20, Bugs Johnson, 21, Shameia Dorsey, 20, and a 17-year-old who has not been identified, were arrested on charges of first-degree grand theft felony and criminal mischief. The teenager was taken to a juvenile facility, according to the affidavit.

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The Orlando Sentinel reported that the robbery took place at Mayors Jewelry in broad daylight at 6:10 pm and the store employees told some of the officers of the 17 watches were adorned with diamonds that ranged from $6,500 to $39,000.

The employees fear for their lives during the physical heist, which netted the robbers $342,700.

The robbers allegedly fled the scene in a black Chrysler and a mall security guard was able to get three characters from their temporary license tag. The police later saw the car in the near landstreet Road and South Orange Blossom Trail, according to court records.

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Deputies and a Sheriff’s Office helicopter were called to the track of the car, which they did for a house near Old winter garden and Hiawassee roads. They found all four suspects inside, who were immediately arrested and booked into the Orange County Jail, where they remained over the weekend.

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