A suspect has been arrested in relation to two high-profile "smash and grab" jewelry store robberies in South Sacramento, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office announced. Julian Lomeli, a 19-year-old resident of Stockton, was apprehended on May 19 after a detailed investigation linked him to both incidents, which collectively resulted in nearly $280,000 in stolen jewelry.

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The first incident occurred on December 24, 2023, when seven suspects armed with hammers and other blunt objects entered the jewelry store during regular business hours. "The suspects swarmed the business, breaking display cases using the tools, their hands, and feet," according to the Sheriff’s Office. The frightened customers and employees sought refuge in a back room as the robbers made off with approximately $250,000 worth of jewelry.

A similar robbery unfolded at the same location on February 13, 2024, involving two individuals who again targeted the store's display cases and escaped with an additional $30,000 in valuables. In both instances, the presence of the suspects instilled a significant fear for safety among store employees and patrons.

"After a rigorous investigation, detectives identified the group responsible for these crimes and were able to pinpoint Lomeli's involvement," stated a spokesperson from the Sheriff’s Office. Following his arrest in San Joaquin County, detectives executed searches at two residences, uncovering further evidence linking Lomeli to the crimes. He is currently being held at the Sacramento Main Jail, pending further legal proceedings.

The investigation remains ongoing, with authorities continuing to seek information on the other suspects involved. The Sheriff's Office encourages anyone with details about the robberies to contact them at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357). Tips leading to an arrest may qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

For additional information or to submit tips online, visit the Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers website at www.sacvalleycrimestoppers.com or the Sheriff's official site at www.sacsheriff.com.


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