Man arrested in Sears jewelry theft
He hid inside the department store until it closed, police said.
Then, authorities said, the man collected more than $830,000 worth of jewelry — including a 4-carat-diamond ring — and stuffed most of it into a bag he also nabbed from the store. And he almost got away with all of it, until the store’s motion detectors gave him away, police said.
Officers walked inside a Sears on New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring to investigate on the night of March 17. And when they did, authorities said they spotted Daniel E. Grant, 34, of Silver Spring. He was wearing all black and a face mask. According to a department news release, he tried to flee, leaving behind the bag with the stolen jewels.
Grant was arrested around 11:30 p.m. and charged with two counts of commercial burglary and one count of theft.
Police said a store manager called authorities to the store after three motion-detection alarms went off. The first one went off around 11:13 p.m. just as the store was closing, so authorities said the manager canceled the alarm. After that, two more alarms went off.
When officers later arrested Grant, he had a watch tucked inside his pocket that police said he nabbed from the store. Authorities also said Grant took a hammer from the department store and used it to break out the glass of the jewelry-display cases.
He ran out a front entrance when he spotted the officers and was met by more officers outside.
The hammer was found near the bag with the jewels, police said.
Grant was held without bond, according to the release.