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Gwinnett PD Arrests Suspect In Snatch-And-Run Jewelry Store Robberies

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) -- Gwinnett County Police said they have arrested 32-year-old Jonathan Louis Weston of Cumming, Ga., on four counts of robbery and one count of battery following the latest in a string of snatch-and-run incidents from jewelry stores -- this one at a store at Sugarloaf Mills Mall in Duluth.

Police said that officers responded to a theft call on Wednesday from the Zales store at the mall.

According to a release from police, witnesses said that a white man had entered the store and asked to see a diamond ring. The report indicated that when an employee handed the ring to the man, he ran away. Someone passing by the store heard the commotion, and attempted to stop the man, but was pepper-sprayed in the face.

The release said that the man continued to run from the store and into the parking lot, where he hopped into a car. Witnesses were able to record the license plate number of the vehicle that the man took off in.

According to police, Forsyth County deputies pulled Weston over and took him into custody with the help of the Gwinnett County Special Investigation Section.

Gwinnett County Police said the earlier incidents included one at a Sugarloaf Mills store on December 29 in which a ring worth about $8,900 was stolen.

In addition, two incidents occurred at jewelry stores at the Mall of Georgia -- one on December 24 in which a set of earrings worth about $4,500 was stolen, and another on December 27, where two sets of earrings with a combined value of more than $25,000 was taken.

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