Thursday, September 19, 2013
At about 2:45 p.m., Tuesday, $30,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from Colucci’s on North Main Street in Summerville. Thieves took off in a BMW but, thanks to another tenant in the small shopping complex, who got the tag numbers, police managed to stop the car on 17A north just past the bridge over I26. They took three individuals into custody, recovering the jewelry.
The suspects were identified as Durell Stephen Williams, 23, Ahmad Malik Cunningham, 22 and Timothy Renaldo Graham, 23, all from the Charlotte, North Carolina area. All three suspects are charged with strong-armed robbery.
“My staff and family have been traumatized by the events that took place today,” said Michael Colucci in an email to the Journal Scene.
“I would like to acknowledge the 13-year relationship with the tenants and their employees within our shopping center, who are known by my wife, Sara Lynn, and me, my staff and even my children. They assisted without hesitation, and off of instinct!
“The reciprocated respect shown to our staff and family by these individuals is priceless, especially given their lack of knowledge to the continued vigilance of security in our industry and store. The response time by The Town of Summerville Police Department with their dispatch being flooded by multiple sources with information pertaining to the ordeal, was key to the apprehension of the suspects.
“Unbeknownst to much of the general public, there has been a rash of retail jewelers, local, state and nationwide terrorized by factions such as the three, out of Charlotte. Few, if any, are apprehended. The residential "break-in's," specific to obtaining jewelry to resell to "sell your gold" establishments, are equally as disturbing.”
Police say the thieves held the door open so they could grab and run. No injuries were reported at the business.