Baltimore County police, along with a growing list of law enforcement agencies across several states, are searching for a Maryland pair who they say have stolen thousands of dollars in merchandise from jewelry stores.
Baltimore County police said Robert Antoine Weathers, 53, and Robin Tracy Nelson, 50, took jewelry from an unlocked safe in the office of Bijoux Jewels at Green Spring Station's Gatehouse Shoppes on Falls Road on May 8. County police sent out a statement Monday asking for more information about the pair.
On June 14, police in Columbia, S.C., said Weathers and Nelson allegedly hit another jewelry store, taking more than $100,000 in diamonds. Police alleged two other unidentified suspects posed as customers, asking employees to see jewelry, while Weathers walked behind a case and took the jewels from an open safe.
Columbia police said in a statement that surveillance video shows Weathers hiding the diamond tray in his jacket before leaving the store with the others.
In the Bijoux Jewels case, county police said two other suspects distracted employees, and that the theft was not noticed until after the suspects left the store. An employee who answered the store's phone Monday declined to comment.
Columbia police said Weathers and Nelson also are wanted in Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania, where they have targeted independent jewelry stores and may have stolen $350,000 to $500,000 worth of jewels and money.
Online court records in Maryland show Weathers' address in the 3500 block of Hicks Ave. in Gwynn Oak. He has a trial scheduled on theft charges from an incident Sept. 9. He faces the same charges in Charles County from an incident Oct. 14. His attorney in those cases could not be reached for comment Monday.
Nelson, whose address is in the 200 block of Mount Holly Ave. in Baltimore, is also charged in the Sept. 9 theft, court records show. Her attorney in that case declined to comment. Nelson also faces theft charges in Anne Arundel County for an incident Oct. 2.
The Baltimore County Police Department Organized Retail Crime Team is investigating. Anyone with information on the suspects or the theft is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.