Wolfchase jewelry store robbery suspects released without charge - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Wolfchase jewelry store robbery suspects released without charges

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Memphis police officers arrested three people they believed to be responsible for robbing a jewelry store inside Wolfchase Galleria Mall. However, those people were released without being charged on Monday. 

Witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots fired during the robbery at Reeds Jewelry at 1:10 p.m. Sunday, but police said no shots were fired.

“Next thing we know there are people yelling like, 'Get down, get down, move, shots, shots, somebody's shooting,’” said Marquesha Garmon, who was at the mall during the robbery.

Police said three people were involved in the robbery. At least one of them used a hammer to smash open display cases and steal several watches.

“It was like a stampede,” Garmon said. “People were pushing each other, stacking on top of each other. I had my mom next to me on the ground, myself, another woman, and an elderly man, so we're all under this one small block table.”

The suspects then left the scene and drove eastbound on Interstate 40, then southbound on Highway 385.

Investigators said several agencies, including Memphis Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, and Tennessee Highway Patrol searched for the suspects. Three people were eventually taken into custody.

Nobody was injured during the robbery, but Garmon said she won’t be going back to Wolfchase anytime soon.

“Just because of safety, and not saying that Wolfchase is a bad place or the community is a bad place,” she said. “I love the Cordova community, but I'm just kind of shook up from it, and I don't want something like to happen again.”

Two years ago, Reeds Jewelry was robbed in a similar fashion. In 2014, five men used hammers to smash a display case. They made off with watches worth thousands of dollars, but were later arrested. That robbery also caused a stampede.

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