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Police: 2 Rolex thefts connected

Rolex theft at F.P Wortley Jewelers (Source: SCMPD) Rolex theft at F.P Wortley Jewelers (Source: SCMPD)
Rashamel Okise Gardner (Source: SCMPD) Rashamel Okise Gardner (Source: SCMPD)

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police now believe two Rolex snatch-and-grabs in the Savannah area are connected.

Police said Rashamel Okise Gardner is one of the two men responsible for both of them.

They say he robbed Levy Jewelers on Broughton Street and F.P Wortley Jewelers on Abercorn Street. In both robberies expensive Rolex watches were stolen. 

"They just simply walk in, in a very relaxed state, ask to see some jewelery. They find the one they want. They know what they're looking for. Then they run out," says SCMPD's Public Information Administrator Jullian Miller.

There was a third similar case that occurred at the Levy's store at the Oglethorpe Mall along with others even stretching to South Carolina. Police are still investigating if those are connected.

"Whether or not they are all related, we don't know yet because there are a lot of different detectives from a lot of different law enforcement agencies who are working together to confirm that," Miller said. 

Now stores such as Levy Jewelers are re-evaluating their security plans.

"If you take a look at how the program is from our insurance company, they require that we ask for identification for items over ten thousand dollars," said Levy's President Lowell Kronowitz. "The truth is we may have to lower that. We may have to bring that down."

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