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Police Charge Suspects in Columbia Mall Jewelry Store Armed Robbery

The arrests came as a result of a tip after photographs of the suspects were released to the public, police said.

Howard County Police have charged three men in the armed robbery of a jewelry store in The Mall in Columbia last week.

The suspects have been identified as Deontaye Derrick Harvey, 20, of 1112 N. Parrish St. in Baltimore; Gary Donnell Braxton Jr., 25, of 703 Lexington St. in Baltimore; and Aaron Pratt, 19, of 2008 Wylie Ave. in Baltimore.

All three have been charged with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, use of a handgun to commit a felony, reckless endangerment and theft, police said.

They are accused of entering Edmund Arthur Jewelers a little before 12:47 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, showing a handgun and demanding jewelry from a case. Police said they got away with about $300,000 in "high-end watches." 

Their arrests came thanks to a tip, according to police.

Surveillance cameras in the mall captured photos of the suspects. Police released those photos, and someone who recognized the suspects contacted authorities.

The tipster will receive a reward, police said.

All three suspects are being held at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup. Harvey is being held without bond, and Braxton and Pratt are being held on $250,000 bond, police said.

Investigators are looking into whether the suspects were involved in other similar robberies around the region.

Tom April 05, 2011 at 12:22 AM
Enjoy your new career making license plates boys! Idiots...
Billy Bob Walton April 05, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Who wears watches anymore? They surly will now have plenty of time to look at one.
jasmine April 06, 2011 at 02:05 PM
dont play wit them thats my baby araon pratt right dere and i still love him even thoug he did somethin dumb
Dorothy Gale April 07, 2011 at 11:27 PM
Hey Jasmine...not sure that's something you want to be bragging about. Has he given you any gifts lately...did he have a receipt?

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