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Howard County police make arrest in jewelry robbery at mall

Howard County police announced the arrests of three men who robbed a jewelry store at the Columbia Mall, taking $300,000 worth of high-end watches. Police are investigating whether the same suspects are responsible for other holdups at malls in Baltimore and in Annapolis.

Police are crediting a tipster with helping lead detectives in the case.

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In September, armed men held up jewelry stores at Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore in a series of attacks. In March, two armed men robbed a jewelry store at Westfield Annapolis Mall, getting awa with more than $100,000 in watches and necklaces.

Here are more details from Howard County Police:

Howard County police have charged three men for an armed robbery at a jewelry store last week, thanks to a tip from a citizen.

Police responded to Edward Arthur Jewelers in the 10300 block of Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia on March 30 at approximately 12:47 p.m. for a reported armed robbery. Employees reported that three unknown men entered the store, displayed a gun and demanded jewelry from a case. The employees complied, and the suspects fled the store with approximately $300,000 worth of high-end watches. No one was injured in the robbery.

Police distributed surveillance photos of the suspects on March 31 and asked the public's help in
identifying them. That evening, a citizen who recognized the suspects called police and provided
information. Police will be issuing a reward to the citizen. After further investigation, police arrested the men.

Suspect 1 was identified as Deontaye Derrick Harvey, 20, of 1112 N. Parrish Street in Baltimore. Suspect 2 was identified as Gary Donnell Braxton Jr., 25, of 703 Lexington Street in Baltimore. Suspect 3 was identified as Aaron Pratt, 19, of 2008 Wylie Avenue in Baltimore.

All three men were charged with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, reckless endangerment and theft. The suspects were arrested over the weekend with assistance from Baltimore Police Department and are being held at Howard County Detention Center. Harvey is being held without bond. Braxton and Pratt are
being held on $250,000 bond.

Howard County police are working with surrounding jurisdictions to determine if the suspects may have been involved in other similar cases.

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