Police capture jewelry thieves after tip from cab company

by: Dave Faherty Updated:


Police said three men broke into a business early Tuesday morning and stole thousands of dollars in jewelry.

Now, police are trying to connect them to similar cases across the Carolinas.

Police were at Bisanar's Jewelry on Union Square Tuesday after someone smashed their way in overnight.

The men accused of breaking in ran into trouble when they crashed their getaway car and called for a cab.

The chase didn't last long after police said the men crashed a getaway car and fled, leaving behind thousands of dollars of jewelry.

It wasn't until police got a tip from employees at the Yellow Cab Company in Hickory that they were able to make the arrest.

Ron Stephens said they got two suspicious calls from three men who claimed they were college students and needed a ride to Greensboro shortly after the break-in.

He and a dispatcher alerted police.

"We let them get in the cab and they pulled us over as soon as they got in," said Ron Stephens with Yellow Cab.

Drivers at Yellow Cab say they didn't think twice about helping police.

"We didn't really think about the danger of it at the time," said Wayne Stewart. "It is one of those things that happens."

Police said the business will get their stolen jewelry back.

Workers there are thankful for the quick response by police and the actions of the cab company.

"Good job," said Lori Baker, manager at Bisanar's Jewelry. "We really appreciate it."

Police said they are trying to determine if the men are linked to any other similar cases across the area, including one at the same store last month.

The three men are charged with felony breaking and entering.

Those other cases include four other break-ins across the area just in the last month.

The suspects have not been charged with these cases.

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