Police seek 2 men accused of stealing $30K in jewelry from Sugarloaf Mills mall

ExploreMan robbed 4 Gwinnett jewelry stores, pepper-sprayed bystander, police say

Over the course of several days around Christmas, 32-year-old Jonathan Louis Weston of Cumming stole jewelry worth more than $40,000 from four Gwinnett stores during a robbery spree for which he later pleaded guilty, according to court records. The Jewelry Box was the third store he targeted, and he was able to steal a diamond ring worth $8,900 using a similar tactic.

A week after visiting the Jewelry Box, Weston returned to Sugarloaf Mills and tried a similar gambit at Zales. A bystander heard the employee yell when Weston took off with a ring and attempted to stop the suspect, authorities said at the time. Weston pepper-sprayed the good Samaritan and was able to flee, but other bystanders took down his license plate number and he was arrested soon after.

After pleading guilty, Weston was sentenced to 10 years of probation and ordered to pay restitution to the stores he robbed, court records show. He was able to avoid jail time by completing a residential substance abuse program.

Anyone with information about the recent thefts at Sugarloaf Mills or the whereabouts of Pittman and Warren is asked to contact Gwinnett police detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, callers may leave tips through Crime Stoppers by calling 404-577-8477 or visiting www.stopcrimeatl.com.

— Please return to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for updates.

The firearm homicide rate in 2020 was the highest recorded in over 25 years, and the firearm suicide rate stayed high....

Posted by CDC on Tuesday, May 10, 2022

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Chappell blamed the attention for damaging his congressional bid.","_id":"USY5Y5CTMRFKZJ5KAM7FKPZRZA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1652123654304,"type":"text","content":"In 2016, Chappell resigned in lieu of termination from the Glynn County Police Department after he misused a state crime database and sexually harassed a woman who tended bar at a bowling alley where he had worked as an off-duty officer, according to an investigative report. The woman told investigators Chappell, who was married, had sent her vulgar text messages and had offered to send her photos of his genitals.","_id":"ZOVMENRO6NAC5IXOUW3AJHTKFQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1652123654305,"type":"text","content":"Chappell was on duty late at night in February 2016 and used his patrol car to follow the woman home from her job, an internal investigative report said. The woman said Chappell tried to touch her and asked her if he could come to her apartment with her and when she rebuffed him, he picked her up and kissed her on the neck. When she reported the incident months later, she told investigators that she had seen her car tag number on a computer screen inside of Chappell’s patrol car the night he followed her.","_id":"MTEBXWTSORB6BEPKJEU3NHIIMM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1652123654306,"type":"text","content":"The Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council investigated Chappell’s actions and placed his state certification on two years probation in July 2017. He was hired by the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office less than a year later in June 2018, but was fired from that department after about six months.","_id":"EFJ6KKDAVRATPI3ZRGPFHFWP6Q","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1652123654307,"type":"text","content":"According to Chappell’s personnel file, the sheriff had issued him a warning after Chappell showed coworkers nude photos of himself and another female sheriff’s office employee having sex together with another woman. Chappell was reprimanded for posting inappropriate messages on social media that the sheriff found reflected poorly on the department. He allegedly contacted a female Glynn County police officer while on duty and extended an open invitation for her to have sex with him, records show.","_id":"3J6IRYUHQZBZROETZFGBUHZY5Q","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1652126226131,"type":"text","content":"Chappell was also linked to an episode where he was accused of following a woman home in his patrol car outside his jurisdiction in McIntosh County. Chappell was fired from the McIntosh sheriff’s office one day after a police report was filed in that incident, though the incident was not listed as the reason for his termination.","_id":"DNCIVVXC25BZLPV654AKTRCLHQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1652123654312,"type":"text","content":"Chappell has staunchly denied the claims, saying both the investigative report and police report were “absolutely false allegations” against him.","_id":"JH2PLO36ZNEWNMEUT4WVZQ4YWI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1652123654313,"type":"text","content":"“And they’re extremely defamatory,” Chappell previously told the AJC. “These kinds of allegations threatened to tear my family apart. 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