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Police arrest 3rd suspect in GA jeweler’s murder

2013-07-01

Villa Rica, Ga.--Police arrested a third man Friday evening in the shooting death of Georgia retailer Mitch Mobley, of The Mobley Company Jewelers Inc., during an armed robbery last week. 

The incident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Villa Rica, a town located about 30 miles west of Atlanta.

Police responded to a call regarding gun shots at Mobley Company Jewelers. When officers arrived on the scene, they found the 45-year-old Mobley, who owned the store and was described in local news reports as “beloved business owner and family man,” dead from gunshot wounds.

According to police, four men had entered the jewelry store and began committing a smash-and-grab robbery, breaking the display cases in order to snatch merchandise.

During the robbery, Mobley confronted the suspects and was shot.

Three of the suspects left the scene in small black vehicle with a driver while the fourth fled on foot.

Villa Rica police apprehended this suspect, a 16-year-old male from College Park, Ga., a short distance from the jewelry store. He has been charged as an adult with murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Early Thursday, police apprehended a second suspect, a 23-year-old from Atlanta, near the Atlanta suburb of Stone Mountain, Ga. He was charged with murder and armed robbery.

According to a report posted online Saturday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police took a third suspect, a 20-year-old man from Atlanta, into custody on Friday night. He also faces charges of murder and armed robbery.

Villa Rica police did not respond to National Jeweler’s request for comment.

Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) President John J. Kennedy said he was unable to comment on the specifics of the case.  He did, however, direct jewelers to review the “What to do in a robbery” section of JewelersSecurity.org.