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Arrests mount in jewelry heist
Total of 8 suspects facing charges
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Authorities have made two more arrests in connection with a $2.5 million heist at a Forsyth County jewelry store.

Demetrice Orlando Jenkins, 36, and David L. Parker, 31, both of Atlanta, have been charged with one count each of burglary and theft by taking.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s warrants unit caught up with Jenkins on Thursday at an Atlanta nightclub. Parker was arrested Friday in Covington at his probation officer’s office.

“Our warrants unit has done an outstanding job,” said Sheriff’s Maj. Dan Jagoe. “They’ve worked long hours doing surveillance, stakeouts and intelligence work trying to locate these individuals.”

The charges are the result of what authorities have called an ongoing investigation into the Sept. 25 burglary of Milano Fine Jewelry on Buford Highway.

Six other people have also been charged in connection with the case.

Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Gene Moss said as a result of the recent arrests, authorities have recovered an undisclosed amount of loose diamonds and gold.

He and Jagoe noted that the agency has worked “tirelessly” on the case.

“Forsyth County Sheriff’s investigators will not rest until this case is completed and all individuals involved in that burglary have been identified and arrested,” Moss said.

Along with Jenkins and Parker, authorities have charged Carl Henry Bowser III, Christopher Lamar Funderburk, Amanda Hogan, Connie Holloway, Kenardis Demaine Holloway and Michael T. Holloway for various offenses connected to the burglary.

They were arrested at various metro Atlanta locations over the days and weeks following the theft.

Connie Holloway is the mother of Kenardis Holloway and Michael Holloway, authorities have said.

The theft, which occurred between Sept. 24-26, was reported by a construction crew working at an empty building next door.

The group arrived for work Sept. 26 and found a hole in the wall that authorities say the suspects used to enter the jewelry store next door.

The suspects had disabled the security system, ransacked the store, breached the safe and taken security equipment.