The suspected bandits operate out of Detroit and have been conducting similar robberies targeting Rolex Replica watches in mostly the Midwest and Eastern U.S.
The latest indictments include four men and a woman, all in their 20s and from the Detroit area. One of the men is already facing indictments for crimes originiating from other jewelry store robberies.
The new indictments stem from the robbery of Husar’s House of Fine Diamonds in West Bend, Wis. on the afternoon of Dec. 29.
One of the members of the band entered the store and began asking a sales clerk questions, stating they were purchasing a belated Christmas gift for someone, when the rest of the suspects entered and smashed display cases with a sledgehammer.
They left the store with 30 Rolex Replica watches valued at $300,000 and fled in a minivan stolen from a park-and-ride lot in Indiana. The van was later located running with the doors open. A woman’s Rolex Replica watch sale and some bloody glass from a display case were inside.
A witness said the suspects exited the van and fled in two separate vehicles.
Investigators, suspecting they might be part of the Detroit-area criminal group, subpoenaed cell phone tower records and tracked three numbers to the Metro Detroit area.
Two of the suspects, DeAngelo Hayes, 23, and Aliya Rahman, 21, remained at large as of Thursday. The others have been arrested.
Federal agents arrested and charged 17 people connected to the Detroit smash-and-gab ring in October.
Authorities said they were involved in up to 40 such thefts in 2014.