17 people indicted in jewelry shop robberies across 6 states, including CT

DETROIT (WTNH) — Six Detroit-area residents have been charged in West Hartford jewelry store robbery that happened last October.

The following suspects are charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery:

  • 25-year-old Ernie Thomas Evans
  • 29-year-old Darrick Adams
  • 20-year-old Brandon Mayes
  • 22-year-old Bria Jackson
  • 24-year-old Shaquita Wyatt
  • 21-year-old Bria Stanford

Those six suspects allegedly used sledgehammers to smash the Rolex display cases of a West Hartford jewelry store during business hours, and took about $250,000 worth of watches. Officials say the suspects returned to Michigan with the watches, where they were likely sold on the black market.

According to officials, the suspects fled the jewelry store in a stolen car, hitting multiple cars during their escape. That stolen car was found a short distance from the jewelry store, West Hartford police say.

Officials say the six suspects were part of a crew that committed similar robberies in New York, Maryland, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Nebraska. In all, 17 people have been charged in the various robberies.

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