3 suspects in jewelry store robbery in custody

June 26, 2013 3:36:29 AM PDT
Police say they have charged three men in a Monday night robbery at a Durham jewelry store that ended with a high-speed chase and two separate accidents.

It started around 11 p.m. at Jared The Galleria of Jewelry in the Renaissance Center on Fayetteville Road near The Streets at Southpoint.

Police said three men followed the store's manager home, kidnapped her and took her back to the store, while they robbed the vault of high-priced jewels.

Authorities said the suspects didn't know the crime was watched and recorded by the store's security firm, which called 911.

They said the store manager was able to give subtle clues to the security team without tipping off the thieves.

When officers arrived, witnesses pointed out two vehicles fleeing the scene.

A chase ensued as authorities attempted to stop them.

One of the vehicles crashed on Meridian Parkway. The driver of the car, later identified as 19-year-old Denzel Timothy Rasheem Shivers of Fuquay-Varina, was injured and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The second vehicle ended up leading officers on a high-speed chase down N.C. Highway 55 before crashing on Kit Creek Drive in Cary.

Two suspects inside the car fled the scene on foot.

Authorities were able to recover some of the items stolen from the store, but were unable to immediately find the suspects.

Later Tuesday morning, they announced charges against Shivers and two others, 22-year-old Vendai Larpist Irick of Fuquay-Varina and 20-year-old Rodney Jerrold Devin Byrd of Cary. Both Irick and Byrd turned themselves in Tuesday afternoon.

Shivers, Byrd and Irick have all been charged with second-degree kidnapping, two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, three counts of felony conspiracy and felony fleeing to elude arrest.

Byrd and Irick are being held at the Durham County Jail on a $3 million bond, while Shivers remains hospitalized.

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