SAN LEANDRO -- Video surveillance helped in the arrest of two suspects who allegedly robbed a mall jewelry store Tuesday afternoon and sold the loot at a pawn shop, according to police.
About noon, one suspect, identified as 25-year-old Richmond resident Antoine Howell, entered John's Jewelers at Bayfair Center in San Leandro, police said.
Howell presented a fake identification card to a store employee and asked to see a gold necklace valued at $3,000, Lt. Robert McManus said. After Howell was handed the necklace, police say he ran from the store, leaving the fraudulent ID card behind.
He then got into a getaway car, reportedly driven by 23-year-old Gregory Brown of Oakland, McManus said.
When an investigating officer arrived, he watched surveillance video of the theft. Additional video reportedly showed Howell running to the getaway car, McManus said.
Shortly after, investigators found the car parked in front of a Cash for Gold store in East Oakland and observed the suspects leave the store, get into the car seen in the video and drive away, McManus said. Police eventually stopped the car in the 1400 block of 66th Avenue in Oakland.
The store employee identified Howell as the suspect, and Howell and Brown were arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary and theft. In addition, Howell was arrested for two counts of burglary and for a parole violation in connection to two outstanding felony warrants.
Both men are due in court Thursday to be arraigned. Detectives returned to the pawn shop and recovered the stolen necklace, which had been sold for $950. They then returned it to the jewelry store.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at 510-577-3230.
Information may also be submitted anonymously by calling 510-577-3278 or texting TipSLPolice to 888777.
Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.