These photos from inside the Commerce Township, Michigan, Costco provided by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office show the two men charged in the Jan. 7 smash-and-grab jewelry theft there, Raphael Simmons (left) and Jajuan Profit.
Detroit—Two teenagers have been charged in a recent smash-and-grab at the jewelry counter of a Detroit-area Costco, and police are working to determine if the pair are tied to other jewelry thefts.

According to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, on Friday, 18-year-old Jajuan Profit and 17-year-old Raphael Simmons were arraigned and charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of resisting and obstructing. Profit also faces a charge of flee and elude.

His bond was set at $500,000, while bond for Simmons was set at $350,000.

The smash-and-grab occurred a little after 7 p.m. on Jan. 7 at the Costco store in Commerce Township, Michigan.

Costco security camera stills show one of the teens holding a sledgehammer and the other an ax as they make their way through the Costco store, where they allegedly smashed a jewelry display case, grabbed a few pieces and then fled.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the suspects’ vehicle, a Nissan Sentra, was later spotted by police but the driver took off after officers attempted to pull the car over, leading police on a wild chase through suburban backyards.

The car eventually hit a tree and both men attempted to flee on foot but were captured by police.
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Jewelers’ Security Alliance President John J. Kennedy said it is unknown at this point if the two men arrested and charged in the Costco jewelry theft are part of a loosely affiliated smash-and-grab gang targeting Midwest jewelry stores or if they were acting as individuals.

He also noted that it is a “little unusual” for suspects to target the jewelry section of a Costco, as the smash-and-grab gangs they have seen lately tend to go for specialty jewelers over big-box or department stores.

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