Police looking for a vehicle seen in the area speeding away.
Frederick Police are still continuing their case into the robbery of Colonial Jewelers in downtown Frederick. Although one of the suspects, Alonzo Meadows, of Fairfax Virginia, is being held in connection to this incident, authorities have recently released a photo of a vehicle that was seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed imediately after the robbery. The car, which appears to be a newer model of an Infiniti or Nissan Altima, was last seen on February fifth, shortly after 1:30 p.m. going east bound on East Church Street.
In brief this is what authorities said happened:
On February 05, 2013, at approximately 1:30 pm the Frederick Police Department was notified by a passerby that Colonial Jewelers was being robbed at gun point. Frederick Police Detectives Morgan and Garcia were in the area. Detective Morgan was on foot and began running towards the store. As he was approaching, he observed several males wearing masks exit the store and begin running east bound on Patrick St. Detective Morgan gave chase until the suspects entered a black pick-up truck bearing Virginia tags and drove away. Detective Morgan was able to get the tag number and he relayed it to responding patrol officers.
The continuing investigation revealed that the suspects entered the store earlier and at least one of the suspects produced a handgun. All the suspects ordered the employees and customers to lie on the ground. The suspects then smashed one pane of glass in a display case containing expensive watches. After removing numerous watches, one of the suspects sprayed a liquid substance, believed to be pepper spray or some other form of irritant, into the air.
Based on evidence and information gathered during the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify a suspect believed to be in or around the Washington DC area. With the assistance of Metropolitan Police Department, Alonzo Meadows of Fairfax Virginia, was located and arrested. Meadows was being held by the Metropolitan Police Department on a fugitive warrant for his involvement in the armed robbery of Colonial Jewelers and was later transported to Frederick. The pick-up truck was transported back to Frederick, as well.
The investigation is continuing into the identity of the other two suspects. Chief Thomas Ledwell would like to thank the employees of Colonial Jewelers, the community, and each of the involved detectives, officers, and civilian personnel of the Frederick Police Department for their cooperative efforts during this investigation.
Chief Ledwell said "This type of crime inevitably causes fear and shock not only to the victims, but also to the surrounding community. Despite this, both the victims and the surrounding community pulled together, and helped the FPD to quickly establish crucial leads. We are very appreciative."
There is still much work to be done. We are asking anyone with information on the other two suspects to please contact the lead detective, Detective Morgan at 301-600-1259 or through our tip line at 301-600-TIPS.