3 Baltimore men charged in robbery of Howard Co. jewelry store

Police say men stole $300,000 of 'high-end' watches during midday heist on March 30

April 04, 2011|By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun

Three Baltimore men have been arrested by Howard County police after the midday robbery of a Columbia Mall jewelry store on March 30.

The men — Deontaye Derrick Harvey, 20, of the 1100 block of Parrish St.; Gary Donnell Braxton Jr., 25, of the 700 block of Lexington St. and Aaron Pratt, 19, of the 2000 block of Wylie Ave. — were charged with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, reckless endangerment and theft.

The arrests came after a tip from a person who recognized the men from surveillance photos that were released by police.

According to police, the robbers entered Edward Arthur Jewelers shortly before 1 p.m. on March 30. One of them brandished a gun and they demanded jewelry. Employees, who were unharmed, told police that they gave the men high-end watches valued at around $300,000. Police released the surveillance photos the following day. A tip came in to police about the identity of the men in the photos and with the help of the Baltimore police, the suspects were arrested last weekend.

All three suspects are being held at the Howard County detention center. Harvey is being held without bond, while Braxton and Pratt are being held on $250,000 bond. Police said that the person who gave the tip leading to the arrests will receive an undisclosed reward.

don.markus@baltsun.com

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