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Five arrested in bat-wielding smash-and-grab robbery at Galleria jewelry store

Video shows bat-wielding robbers smash up jewelry store

Police have arrested five people after a group of masked robbers caused panic at the Westfield Galleria in Roseville on Monday, May 22, 2017, when they smashed a jewelry store’s windows with baseball bats and stole merchandise.
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Police have arrested five people after a group of masked robbers caused panic at the Westfield Galleria in Roseville on Monday, May 22, 2017, when they smashed a jewelry store’s windows with baseball bats and stole merchandise.

Five people suspected of a smash-and-grab robbery at the Westfield Galleria in Roseville where they destroyed a jewelry store’s windows with baseball bats and stole merchandise have been arrested.

Dee Dee Gunther, a Roseville police spokeswoman, said the incident was reported at 3:13 p.m. Monday at DeVons Jewelers inside the mall. She said the individuals, who were wearing masks, smashed the store windows and fled with merchandise.

Gunther said people inside the mall panicked when they heard the sound of breaking glass and what some mistook as gunshots. No shots were fired, Gunther said.

The robbers grabbed a large number of expensive watches and fled. Witnesses at the mall provided a good description of the suspects’ getaway car.

Roseville dispatchers broadcast the information to surrounding jurisdictions and requested any available air unit support. A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew spotted the suspects’ car as it traveled from Roseville to Sacramento County.

With the help of a Sacramento County sheriff’s air unit, Sacramento sheriff’s deputies and a police dog located and detained five suspects in an apartment in the 3500 block of Marconi Avenue.

After an investigation, which included numerous witness and suspect interviews, forensic evidence and the serving of a search warrant on the Marconi Avenue apartment, Roseville officers arrested five suspects: Wade Wilson, 24, of Vallejo; and Denzel Alden Patterson, 24, Trevon Dashaun Lenitte-Davis, 23, Bobby Youngs, 32, and Melekei Dunn, 22, all of Fairfield. They were booked into the Placer County Jail on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy.

Most of the stolen merchandise from the jewelry store has been recovered, Roseville police said.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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