The Arlington Heights Police Department announced Thursday afternoon, February 8, 2024 that a second suspect has been arrested in the case of a smash and grab armed robbery at Persin and Robbin Jewelers in downtown Arlington Heights that occurred last year in January 2023.
Suspect Michael G. Nichols, age 40, of the block of 800 East 36th Place in Griffith, Indiana was arrested on Monday, February 5, 2024. Arlington Heights Police Department detectives reviewed evidentiary material with prosecutors from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and charged the Micahel G. Nichols with one count of Armed Robbery 720 ILCS 5/18-2(a)(1).
Among possibly three suspects, the first suspect was arrested in November 2023, and a third suspect (possibly a female) remains at large.
The petition for detention was denied for Michael G. Nichols on Thursday, February 8, 2024 in Room 108, 3rd Municipal District Cook County Courthouse, Rolling Meadows. His next status hearing date is March 01, 2024 in Room 108, 3rd Municipal District Cook County Courthouse.
In January of 2023, the Arlington Heights Police Department responded to a jewelry store in the Downtown Business District for a report of an Armed Robbery. Masked offender(s) on January 25, 2023 entered the Persin and Robbin Jewelers armed with impact weapons, smashed multiple jewelry showcases and stole several high-end pieces of jewelry.
Responding Patrol Officers conducted a thorough preliminary investigation at the scene and gathered critical information which proved instrumental in developing facts pertinent to the case. The investigation was turned over to detectives in the Arlington Heights Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau. After a comprehensive investigation, significant leads developed with sufficient evidence identifying an offender, Cornell E. Martinez, who was subsequently arrested on November 2, 2023.
Suspect Cornell E. Martinez, 27 years-old, resides in the block of 3500 South Rhodes, Chicago. He has been incarcerated, awaiting trial, in Cook County Jail DIV6-1Q-13-2 since November 2023. His next court date in Rolling Meadows is March 13, 2024.
Detectives reviewed the case with prosecutors from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Martinez was charged with one count of Armed Robbery 720 ILCS 5/18-2(a)(1).
Evidence shows that co-conspirators were involved in this crime, and the case continues to be actively investigated by the Arlington Heights Police Department.
Smash and Grab jewelry store robbery on Dunton Avenue in Arlington Heights, Wednesday, January 25, 2023. YouTube Tips ⓘ
Some details of the robbery at Persin Robbin Jewelers were released after the crime occurred, but from the police perspective, there was a need to prevent release of information that might jeopardize or interfere with the active investigation, according to Arlington Heights Police Chief Nick Pecora. There was also caution on the part of police to avoid providing insightful elements that would inspire a copycat crime.
The robbery on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 resulted in a significant loss to the business.
Three offenders are believed to have been involved in the robbery, according to the Arlington Heights Police Department. According to police, a dark-skinned female was allowed remote entry through a controlled access door. Once the door was opened, two dark skinned males, waiting nearby, followed the female into the jewelry store before the door was closed and secured. The female was wearing a COVID-19 type mask and the males were wearing darked colored hoodies with unknown type face coverings.
No firearms were displayed or implied. The offenders used a handheld implement to shatter display cases. The police department released that the offenders were in the store for a very limited amount of time — possibly as little as one minute.
The offenders fled in a black 2021 Honda Accord sedan with Florida license plates, and abandoned the vehicle near the address of 122 South Vail Avenue just south of the scene. The location is one block west and about one block south of the Persin and Robbin Jewelers location. The vehicle was recovered by police investigators, and was processed for physical evidence.
Arlington Heights police responded about 1:25 PM Wednesday January 25, 2023 to an armed robbery at Persin and Robbin Jewelers, 24 South Dunton Avenue Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report that a robbery just occurred, and responded to investigate and search the neighborhood. The three offenders were gone when police arrived. Police initially would only confirm that a robbery occurred at about 1:26 p.m., but did not release any information about the offender(s), including the number of offenders.
Police also did not initially release whether any weapons were displayed, but the crime is expected to be considered an armed robbery because the tools used to smash the jewelry display cases can be associated with the threat of force.
From the view looking into the store from outside, it appeared that one row of cases from the front of the store to the back of the store was damaged, and that merchandise was taken from within the cases where product stands remained.
Among the people at nearby businesses who were asked if they saw anything suspicious, people in one business said they heard pounding, but did not hear any glass breaking. Nobody among the few people available in businesses nearby reported seeing anything suspicious.
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