Thieves steal $2.8 million in jewelry store heist

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Posted: Sep 28, 2011 8:33 PM
Thieves steal $2.8 million in jewelry store heist

Two men who police say cut their way through concrete walls to make off with more than $2.8 million worth of jewelry were arrested on Wednesday.

The men bypassed the security system at Milano's Fine Jewelry in Cumming, just north of Atlanta, and made a hole in the wall from an empty building next store, authorities said.

Carl Henry Bowser, 26, of Atlanta and Kenardis Demaine Holloway, 32, of Smyrna, are charged with burglary and theft by receiving stolen property, said Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton.

The break-in was discovered Monday morning and owner Ibrahim Ehicam said the thieves emptied his store's display cases and stole the cash register. A few rings were found near a fence behind the building.

"There was dust all over and I didn't see any merchandise inside the store," he said.

More arrests could be coming and officers expect to recover more loot in Atlanta, Paxton said.

Sheriff's Capt. Tim House told WSB-TV the theft is one of the largest he's seen in his 25 years of experience.