2 suspects arrested, 2 wanted after stealing 40K in jewelry from Port Wentworth home
PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) - According to Savannah-Chatham CrimeStoppers, two of the four suspects wanted for stealing more than $40,000 of jewelry from an elderly woman's home in Port Wentworth have been arrested.
Investigators say one of those suspects, Sarah Williams, is the granddaughter of the victim, who is now in custody along with Cayla Stephens.
It happened less than two blocks from the police department. Investigators say one of the suspects distracted the grandmother while the others took the safe full of jewelry.
"It is very unusual," said Port Wentworth Police Detective Patrick Galvin.
Det. Galvin says it's not often you hear about a granddaughter plotting to steal $40,000 worth of jewelry from her grandmother.
"The granddaughter went into the bedroom, unlocked the door and then came out and decided to start vacuuming so her grandmother couldn't hear," said Det. Galvin. "As the other subjects took the safe from the wall."
Police are still looking for Ashlie Zakutansky and Kenneth "Smooth" Foy. Police say all four of them had likely taken off with the intention to the sell the jewelry for drug money, according to investigators.
Located within walking distance of the Port Wentworth Police Department, neighbors say this street has always had a safe and quiet reputation. This was the last thing they expected to happen to their elderly neighbor.
"I feel for her and I feel for the people around here," said Yvonne Bowers, a neighbor.
Bowers is worried the suspects will come back because investigators believe they are still in the Chatham County area, including Foy, who police say is a member of the 'Bloods" gang.
"That's another shock right there because, like I said, we don't have that over here," said Bowers.
Investigators are hoping neighbors like Bowers will pay extra attention to those coming and going from the neighborhood in hopes of catching these suspects.
"If anyone has any further information or knows the whereabouts of these suspects, please call us," Det. Galvin said.
Police have arrested and charged a fifth person they believe was involved. As for the other suspects, police believe they are likely armed and dangerous.
They don't' believe the jewelry has been sold because they are able to track it.
You can contact the Port Wentworth Police Department at 912.964.4360 or CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020.
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