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Two arrested in Hillsborough diamond theft

Clyde Johnson

Clyde Johnson, 37

Anthony Wahba

Anthony Wahba, 21

TAMPA — Sheriff's deputies say they have arrested the two men who stole Rolex watches and diamonds from the International Diamond Center on N Dale Mabry Highway two weeks ago.

Clyde Bernard Johnson, 37, and Anthony M. Wahba, 21, walked into the store on a Friday afternoon and ordered employees to the ground, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Wahba used a small sledgehammer to break the glass cases and removed diamonds and Rolex watches, deputies say. Johnson, who had a 9mm handgun, took an employee's wallet, deputies said.

Johnson fired one shot before leaving the store. The bullet hit the ground and ricocheted through an office window. No one was hurt.

Just over an hour after the robbery occurred, deputies say, Wahba was seen on surveillance photos at a 7-11 convenience store in Dover using a stolen credit card that belonged to one of the robbery victims.

Both men were arrested in the Orlando area Wednesday. Johnson was caught with the help of the Orlando Police Department and Wahba was arrested during a probation appointment at a Florida Department of Corrections office in Kissimmee.

Johnson was booked into the Orange County Jail and Wahba was taken to the Osceola County Jail. They will be brought to Hillsborough County to face charges of armed robbery, armed robbery of a person, attempted armed robbery, and armed burglary of a business

Detectives have recovered some of the stolen jewelry.

Two arrested in Hillsborough diamond theft 12/05/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 6, 2013 1:49am]
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