Man ar­rested in Sears jew­elry theft

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - BY VIC­TO­RIA ST. MARTIN vic­to­ria.stmartin@wash­post.com

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.

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