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Bond denied for California man charged in downtown Charleston jewelry heist

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bond was denied for a 35-year-old California man accused in a downtown Charleston jewelry heist where close than a million dollars worth of merchandise was stolen. 

Charles Eloys Johnson of San Leandro, Calif. was in bond court Thursday afternoon where he faced a charged of armed robbery in connection to the March 4 armed robbery of Demetre Jewelers on 253 King Street. 

Aquabeus Demond Moore, 34, of Riverdale, GA, the second suspect in the armed robbery, had already been charged with armed robbery and is being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center.

CPD officials said both of the suspects are career criminals with one of them having a possible connection to the Lowcountry.

According to Charleston authorities, the arrests are the result of a collaborative effort between local and federal law enforcement agencies.

Police say the stolen jewelry, valued at $700,000, has yet to be recovered.

Authorities say two male subjects, one armed with a hammer and the other with a gun, robbed Demetre Jewelers at 11:23 a.m. on March 24.

According to police, one of the suspects ordered an employee to the ground, while the other broke the case and stole Rolex watches.

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