Suspected Tampa jewelry thief caught in Haines City

TAMPA — Authorities have arrested a 24-year-old man suspected of stealing two rings valued at more than $250,000 from an International Plaza jewelry store last month.

Jack D. Cannon was arrested about 5 p.m. in Haines City by Tampa police and the the U.S. Marshals service. He faces charges of armed robbery and was booked into the Polk County Jail, where he will remain until he is transported to Hillsborough.

Police say on July 26 a man walked into King Jewelers and requested to see a diamond ring valued at $27,500. A clerk opened a display case, and the man asked to hold the ring. The clerk later told police that the man seemed nervous.

He then asked to see a larger ring, valued at $250,000, and the clerk refused. Police said he then pulled a gun from his waistband and started struggling with the clerk.

The man eventually managed to open the display case, take the larger ring and run away through the mall to a waiting van. Police say that van, reported stolen in Lakeland the day before, drove off with the sliding door still open. Authorities found it a short time later at Westshore and Boy Scout boulevards.

When detectives identified Cannon as the suspect, they said they went to a hotel where they think he had stayed and found another address for him, 339 Cherokee Ave.

They set up surveillance on the property and later took him into custody without incident.

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Suspected Tampa jewelry thief caught in Haines City 08/07/10 [Last modified: Sunday, August 8, 2010 1:09pm]

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