A Forsyth County man faces robbery and battery charges in Gwinnett County after the theft of over $39,000 in jewelry.
According to information from the Gwinnett County Police Department, Jonathan Louis Weston, 32, of Forsyth County, was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 5, and charged with four counts of robbery and one count of battery after reportedly robbing four jewelry stores at two Gwinnett malls.
The most recent incident was on Wednesday when Weston allegedly asked to see a diamond ring at Zales in Sugarloaf Mills Mall before fleeing.
“The employee handed the ring to the male, who took it and ran away,” the news release said. “A passerby heard the employee yell and attempted to stop the male but was pepper-sprayed in the face. The male continued running out of the store into the parking lot. Witnesses captured the vehicle's license plate the male drove away in.”
No value for the ring was provided in the release.
Weston was pulled over and arrested by Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputies with assistance from the Gwinnett Special Investigation Section and transported to the Gwinnett County Jail, where he is being held without bond.
Before Weston’s arrest, Gwinnett Police were asking for the public’s assistance finding information on a string of jewelry store robberies in Gwinnett.
In all the incidents, Weston allegedly asked to see the pieces of jewelry before fleeing the stores.
Prior to the Zales robbery, Weston reportedly stole a diamond ring, valued at $8,900, from Jewelry Box Outlet, also located at Sugarloaf Mills on Wednesday, Dec. 29.
Weston also reportedly robbed two stores at the Mall of Georgia.
On Monday, Dec. 27, Weston allegedly took two diamond earrings, one valued at $14,800 and the other at $10,999, from the Diamond Ring.
Before that, he reportedly took a pair of diamond rings, valued at $4,500, from Helzberg Diamonds on Friday, Dec. 24.