Darius Coleman, 28, who allegedly stole silver chains from Carlson's Jewelry earlier today, is now in custody of the Jamestown Police Department.
According to Chris Roberts, co-proprietor of Carlson's Jewelry, a young, African-American male entered the store in the early afternoon and asked to see some silver chains. When the display of chains was presented to the man, he grabbed a handful of them and ran out of the store. According to Roberts, the man ran down Main Street, where he removed the green hooded sweatshirt, as well as the black hooded sweatshirt underneath it, which he was wearing while in the store.
Following the theft, officers responded to the area, but were not able to immediately locate the suspect. However, officers did later locate a subject matching Coleman's description at an address on East Fifth Street.
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Investigation into the case led to the subject, Coleman, of Jamestown, being charged with felony grand larceny in the fourth degree.
"The total value of the items stolen is approximately $2,000," said Capt. Robert Samuelson. "There were 18-20 separate silver chains which were stolen, however Coleman was not in possession of the chains when he was apprehended."
Samuelson believes that Coleman was able to pass off the chains before being apprehended, and police are now searching for the stolen merchandise. They are looking for any assistance from the public in locating the silver chains.
"Our investigation is continuing, and there is some work to be done, but the priority right now is recovering the stolen merchandise and returning it to the owner," he said.
Coleman is currently being held in the city jail, and is awaiting arraignment on the charge.
The Jamestown Police Department is asking anyone who witnesses or is solicited by someone selling chains to report the activity to the JPD tip line at 483-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.