Police ID second car in heist
Feb 16, 2013 (The Frederick News-Post - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Investigators have identified a second vehicle they say was used in a robbery at a jewelry store in downtown Frederick this month.
One of the robbers jumped into what appeared to be a late model Nissan Sentra or Infiniti M35, possibly with Virginia or Maryland license plates, police said, after he and his two accomplices robbed Colonial Jewelers at gunpoint and made off with more than $150,000 in Rolex watches.
One man was seen getting in the car, one of two vehicles used in the robbery, Frederick Police Sgt. Joe Hayer said.
"Through the use of surveillance video, the vehicles were identified as coming to the scene together and leaving the scene together," Hayer said.
D.C. Metropolitan Police arrested a Virginia man Feb. 8 in connection with the robbery after officers saw him driving a black pickup truck police say was also used in the crime.
Alonzo Lee Meadows, 31 of Fairfax, is being held without bail at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. He faces 19 charges, including armed robbery, theft of more than $100,000, reckless endangerment, a handgun charge, and multiple counts of first-degree assault in connection with pointing the gun at people in the store.
Investigators are working with police in Prince George's County and in Washington to find two other men.
Just a block from Frederick's courthouse and police station, three masked men entered the store at about 1:35 p.m. Feb. 5, one of them pointing a gun at employees. The men ordered employees and shoppers to the floor and pepper-sprayed some of them before smashing a glass case holding the watches they stole.
Colonial Jewelers is a fourth-generation, family-owned business founded in Westminster in 1920. The Frederick store has been in operation for 65 years. It reopened the day after the robbery.
Frederick detectives continue to work with police in Arlington, where a similar robbery took place at a Zales in the Pentagon City shopping mall the day before the Colonial Jewelers heist, Hayer said. Other agencies in the region have also approached Frederick police about similar crimes in their jurisdictions.
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