Four arrested in jewelry robbery

Criminals rob Danville couple who advertised on Craigslist

A daylight robbery of a ring valued at $25,000 resulted in the arrests of four people involved in the crime. Police were called to Smith Jewelers, 350 Railroad Avenue, at 2:38 p.m. Friday afternoon, on a report of a ring being stolen.

According to Police Chief Steve Simpkins, the victims had advertised the ring on Craigslist. They were contacted by an individual who said he wished to purchase the ring and arrangements were made to meet up at Smith Jewelers, where a gemologist would verify the value.

During the inspection, the suspect reportedly grabbed the ring, knocked down the seller and fled the store. The fleeing suspect prompted a flurry of 911 calls and DPD officers converged on the scene.

At 2:46 p.m. a vehicle believed to belong to the suspects was pulled over by DPD Officer Vince Richards in the parking lot of the Denny's restaurant on Camino Ramon. Two suspects, including the person believed to have stolen the ring, were arrested and taken into custody. The ring was recovered at that time.

As the investigation continued, two more suspects were located in the area and were arrested for participating in the robbery as the look outs.

Arrested were:

Danielle Williams, 24, of Oakland. Charged with Conspiracy and Grand Theft.

Clarence Andrews, 36, of Oakland. Charged with Conspiracy and Grand Theft.

Michael Martin, 37, of Tracy. Charged with Conspiracy, Grand Theft and Possession of stolen property.

Laray Peterson, 26, Tracy. Charged with Robbery, Possession of Stolen Property and Burglary.

The four were transported to the Martinez Detention Facility.


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Posted by maurice
a resident of Danville
on Apr 25, 2011 at 8:59 am

Nice pinch Danville PD...Let's show these out of town criminals that Danville is not a push over. Good Work

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Posted by Emily
a resident of another community
on Apr 25, 2011 at 9:09 am

Scary to think that the seller took the precaution of going to a store to try and make the deal and something like that still happened. I've sold things via Craigslist and am nervous every time because of stories like these.

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Posted by Lili
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Great job Danville PD!!
The moral of the story: Please don't try to sell valuables on craigslist! It's only good for items under $100, and even then you need to be wary of scammers. Another option is having them meet you at the police station to complete the sale. It sucks that people can't use a great site like craigslist to unload their stuff, but it just isn't worth it.

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