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Masked Robbers Take $109,745 in Jewelry, Man Tells Decatur Police

The victim says he was beaten and robbed at the Super 8 Motel parking lot.

A man told Decatur police he was robbed of jewelry worth $109,745.11 when two masked men jumped out of a van and beat him in the Super 8 Motel parking lot.

This information comes from the police report.

The man said he'd visited three stores July 7 in an attempt to sell the jewelry. About 7:30 p.m. he parked his 2011 Jeep Compass near the motel office at 917 Church St. and walked to the passenger side to get his leather bag holding the jewelry.

A silver van pulled up and two men wearing black masks came out of the passenger side.

One grabbed the victim from behind in a choke hold and threw him to the ground. Both men punched him in the face and torso.

They took the briefcase, jumped back in the van and headed south on Church Street. A third man drove. The victim called police.

Video surveillance cameras at the motel showed the assault and theft.

One suspect wore a black mask and a long sleeve black shirt. The other suspect wore a cream-colored long sleeve shirt and a black mask. The man in the driver's seat wore a long sleeve white shirt.

Police said they didn't get the tag number of the van. The victim said he didn't see any weapons or hear the robbers say anything.

The victim said he visited these stores earlier in the day: Zaveri Bazaar at 1709 Church St., Legacy off of Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Malani at 2130 DeKalb Industrial Way. He also visited North DeKalb Mall and shopped at Macy's.

Lisa Cohen July 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM
sounds like an odd story to me.....
taxus July 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Odd indeed. I'll bet none of them were legitimate owners of the jewelry.
Steve July 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Even with images on a camera, sounds a little fishy to me. How did he come up such and exact amount down to the penny?
bulldogger July 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM
"A Fool And His Money Are Soon Parted".......the man nor his race was identified, the race of the perpetrators was not mentioned. What's he doing carrying around that much jewelry.......was he a jewelry broker? Did he get the jewelry nefariously? Why was he trying to sell it? and if he did sell it, what whas he going to do with the money? $110,000. is a lot of money to have on your person unless you're up to no good. Is this one of those insurance scams set up by the victim? I think the Decatur Police should do some checking into the background of the "victim".
Nonie Ravenberg July 19, 2012 at 01:08 PM
My first thought was that the caught on camera bit was especially suspicious. Goes to store to prove he indeed had some jewelry then goes to Super 8 where cameras will catch the theft on tape.
Steve July 19, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I imagine the checking is already underway. If readers here are suspicious, you can be sure that Decatur PD is also.
Ms. July 19, 2012 at 05:47 PM
This is an odd story, but jewelry sellers who sell diamonds and stones wholesale to jewelry stores are more frequently becoming targets and one of them was murdered just a month ago (not in GA), they're easy targets.
Decaturette July 19, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Especially if their cultural background leads them to deal more with cash than credit cards or checks. It's amazing to me that some jewelry dealers deal with hundreds of thousands of dollars of cash or merchandise without Brink's style security.
john penn July 22, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Always be on your guard people.

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