SACRAMENTO -- Roseville police have identified all five men arrested in connection to a brazen smash and grab robbery at a jewelry store in the Roseville Galleria mall Monday.
DeVon's Jewelry store, inside the Roseville Galleria, closed for business Tuesday. Some employees' sense of security, now shattered like the glass on the store's display cases.
"It's not a fun thing. It's very traumatic to the people that work in the store when it does happen, it's very chaotic,” said Tom Carson, manager at DeVon’s jewelry store.
Police arrested 32-year-old Bobby Youngs, 22-year-old Melekei Dunn, 23-year-old Trevon Lenitte-Davis, and 24-year-old Denzel Patterson, all of whom are from Fairfield, along with 24-year-old Vallejo man Wade Wilson on Monday for the robbery. The group took baseball bats to the jewelry store counters, and grabbed handfuls of jewelry before taking off.
Within about 20 minutes of the crime, officers detained all five after they fled to an apartment in Sacramento and recovered nearly all the stolen merchandise, mostly high-end watches.
It was a crime Carson said he could see coming.
"We've known this was going to happen for a while. It's hard to stop something before it happens…we've been cased,” said Carson.
"It's not unusual for criminals to visit the scene of a crime first to take a look at maybe camera angles, location of merchandise,” said Dee Dee Gunther with the Roseville Police Department. She says a similar robbery occurred back in April -- same store, same M.O. Detectives are still investigating whether the two incidents are related.
"I don't think about stuff like that happening too often,” said Aubrey Lerseth, a regular shopper at the Galleria. Both robberies in the past month took shoppers by surprise, especially in an area where many say they don’t worry about regular crime.
"Kind of scary in somewhere that's pretty safe like Roseville,” said Lerseth.
Still, Gunther says the response to the incident was nearly flawless. Cameras in the mall picked the men up as got into a getaway car, and two law enforcement helicopters tracked them to the spot where they were arrested.
"We sure don't want things like this to happen, but if they're going to happen, this one worked out really well,” said Gunther.
As of 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, three out of the five suspects had already bailed out of the Placer County Jail, and a fourth had posted bond and was awaiting release. All of the men had been held on different bail amounts, ranging from $60,000 to $145,000