Grand jury indicts three on jewelry store robberies

Grand jury indicts three on jewelry store robberies
Investigators at the scene of Demetre Jewelers on March 4, 2015. (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Federal Grand Jury in Charleston indicted three people in the robberies of jewelry stores in Charleston and Columbia.

Charles Eloys Johnson, 35, of San Leandro, California; Aquabeus Moore, 34, of Riverdale, Georgia; and Jerry Harbin, 29 of Antioch, California, were indicted for their roles in two separate jewelry store robberies, according United States Attorney Bill Nettles.

The indictment alleges the trio conspired to rob Sylvan Jewelers in Columbia, SC on Feb. 19 and M.P. Demetre Jewelers in Charleston, SC on March 4. The three are also charged with robbing those locations, on those dates, as well as possessing a firearm during the respective robberies.

The conspiracy and robbery counts carry up to twenty years imprisonment upon conviction while the gun charges carry a mandatory consecutive five years imprisonment.

The indictment is the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, City of Charleston Police Department and Columbia Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorney Nathan Williams of the Charleston office is prosecuting the case.

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