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Kay Jewelers robbery suspect arrested, extradited

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said a suspect in the May robbery of Kay Jewelers in Bluffton has been arrested and extradited from Georgia to Beaufort County.

Curstation McRae is charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and three charges of kidnapping.

Analysts at the Beaufort County Forensic Services Laboratory were able to develop a DNA profile from evidence identified and collected from the crime scene at Kay Jewelers.  The profile matched a sample obtained from a convicted offender and positively matched 41-year-old McRae.

McRae was incarcerated in 2003 for his participation in a string of jewelry store armed robberies spanning at least four states between 2001 and 2003. He was convicted and sentenced to serve 12 years in the Georgia Department of Corrections. In February of 2014, he was transferred from a secure facility to the Atlanta Transitional Center to await his release scheduled for August of this year. The facility maintains a work-release program in which inmates check out daily to perform work through temporary employment agencies.

Early on the morning of May 7th, McRae checked out of the center to reportedly go to work. He returned to the facility late the same night. Rather than reporting for work though, it is believed that McRae and another unidentified individual traveled to Bluffton where they robbed the Kay Jewelers store at Tanger Outlets 1 of approximately $806,000 worth of jewelry.

At approximately 2:30 pm that day, two suspects entered the store, one of whom was armed with a handgun. After emptying several display cases worth of jewelry, the suspects bound the three store employees with duct tape and fled the area, using a vehicle stolen from the store's manager as a getaway car.

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