Armed Robbery at Columbia Mall Jewelry Store; Police Seeking Suspects

The suspects got away with hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry after a brazen afternoon robbery, according to Howard County police.

Police are searching for three men suspected in an armed robbery Wednesday afternoon at a jewelry store in The Mall in Columbia.

The men got away with "hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry," according to the Howard County Police Department.

Police were called to Edward Arthur Jewelers at about 12:47 p.m. Employees told officers that three men came inside, displayed a gun and demanded jewelry out of a case, according to a news release issued late Thursday afternoon.

The employees gave the men the jewelry, and the suspects left the store. No one was injured in the robbery, police said.

Surveillance footage from mall cameras helped provide photos of the three suspects, which can be seen above.

The first suspect is described as a black man who was wearing a green plaid shirt and a black Grizzlies cap with a teal brim. 

The second suspect is described as a black man who was wearing a black and gray jacket and a black Cincinnati Reds cap with a red brim.

The third suspect is described as a black man who was wearing a gray jacket and a white Chicago Bulls cap with a black brim.

Police are offering a reward of up to $5,000. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-313-STOP (7867). Callers can remain anonymous.

News of an armed robbery in the mall came out more than 24 hours later because the county police department "typically [does] not send out an immediate news release regarding robberies," said department spokeswoman Elizabeth Schroen.

"Robberies are included in the daily bulletin the following day," she said. "If the investigators request a release for a robbery to distribute suspect photos or to announce a reward, we will send out the release at their request. The timing is based on what’s appropriate for the investigation."

This story has been updated to include additional comments from the Howard County Police Department.

Janice Washington April 04, 2011 at 02:19 PM
I'm a Howard County resident & proud to be one. My number one concern when it comes to anything & everything are my children who happen to be 1 & 3. I have a babysitter who often takes my children to the Columbia Mall for lunch or to play (since the weather has been so cold). I am thankful that the pictures are out there & hope that these men are caught. I'm not sure why everyone is turning this into a racial thing, but I do know that despite the color of skin that these men have, anyone who decides to bring guns into a public place & commit a crime that involves guns where there are small children who could have been victims should pay a very heavy price. I too am glad that nobody was hurt & speaking as a mother hope they find these animals soon!
InformMe April 04, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Both Brandie and Dee's statements are incredibly misleading, if not completely false. According to a 2008 DHHS report on the characteristics of TANF (welfare) recipients, 35% of all welfare recipients on a national scale are African American; 35.2% are white. In Maryland, 81.4% of welfare recipients are African American and 16.7% are white. Source: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/character/FY2008/tab21.htm 12.9% of the total U.S. population and 27.1% of Maryland residents are African American. 72.4% of the U.S. population and 63% of Maryland residents are white. While historic and systemic racism are factors in these and other racially disproportionate statistics, it is just as ignorant to solely blame white people for these issues as it is to blame racial inferiority. There are clearly a number of factors that contribute to these numbers, and scapegoating whites for the problems of blacks or claiming that all blacks are lazy, etc. is divisive and has not and will not improve our society. It is also intellectually dishonest to pretend that these statistics don't exist or misrepresent them as Brandie and Dee both did. Until we can get past this nonsense, and attempt to address the underlying causes of racial disparity, our community will continue to suffer.
Dee April 04, 2011 at 05:18 PM
InformMe - Did I lie about the amount of African American's on welfare? You stated that in MD 81.4% of the welfare recipients are African American. So let's hear your reasoning as to why 81.4% are African Americans in Maryland -- since other states don't seem to have such a high percentage. Is it perhaps because of the extreme liberalism in this State? Our unemployment rate is not as high as a number of other states whose percentage of welfare recipients are much lower. And for Derrick - to answer an earlier question you posed, YES I was assaulted and robbed in front of my then 5-year old daughter who was so scared by the events that she had to seek therapy because of the fear it instilled in her. For one and a half years after the event she was (a) scared to death every time we walked by a black man and I had to try to reassure her that only the black man who assaulted me was bad, and (2) having nightmares that mommy would be killed and she would be left alone. While getting ready for bed one night I walked into the living room only to find her hiding under the coffee table because of the fear. To top that off, I've had one care stolen twice and another car stolen once. The first time it was by young black men who were by no means deprived of anything -- they actually attended a very expensive, very prestigious private school. The second time it was by a black man who then proceeded to rob the local jiffy lube while in my car. 3rd time by another black man.
Brandie Jefferson April 04, 2011 at 05:24 PM
Yikes. This is still going. InformMe, please believe that I did not intend to, or actually misrepresent anything. This is federal data, not Maryland state data, from Census SIPP data tables. I was responding solely to Dee's comment about women having babies to get access to more social services. The data, as I noted, is 6 years old. If something substantial has changed, I was not aware and not intentionally ignoring it. If you feel it's worth continued discussion, feel free to bring more current data relating to food stamps to my attention. Otherwise I am reverting to my moderator role.
DW April 04, 2011 at 07:17 PM
I think all of you are incorrect! It is the same person doing all the crimes, therefore NONE of your statistics apply. Everyone needs to shut up about your facts, who cares. Some bad kids did a bad thing, they weren't caught, so, they then robbed the man on the trail. They probably stole some pizzas because robbery makes a man hungry. Oh, they needed to take some money from him too because he wasn't carrying soda on this delivery and the sodium from the pizza makes a man thirsty. They have been so busy with the robberies, they have no time for a job, or school for that matter. So eventually they will get into an altercation with an "up and coming" who will mortally wound them and the cycle starts all over with another crew. By the way, these folks are multi-racial, multi-cultural, and a bit inbred. So there you have it. Ps. Vote for Gay marriage and giving illegals free education because if you don't...... They will steal your ice cream!!


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