Would-Be Thieves Suspects in Another Jewelry Store Robbery [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Eyewitness News; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Eyewitness News; Lanetra Bennett Email
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By: Lanetra Bennett

We have new information tonight on the men we caught on camera getting arrested Friday afternoon.

The arrest report says Peter Baptiste and Jason Josepa robbed Roberts Jewelry Design on Thomasville Road on April 5th.

Police confirm they're the same men who were arrested at Plantation at Pine Lake Apartments Friday afternoon after employees at the Tallahassee Diamond Center suspected the men were about to rob that store.

The owner of Tallahassee Diamond Center says he recognized Baptiste and Josepa from surveillance video from the other robbery.

The men are charged with armed robbery for the Roberts Jewelry store heist.


By: Lanetra Bennett

Two men who fled a jewelry store are confronted by police with guns drawn.

The jewelry store owner says he believes the men were about to rob the place.

The men are being questioned right now.

Police found who jewelry store owners believed to be would-be robbers at the Plantations at Pine Lake Apartments

People who live in the apartments on Halstead Boulevard say they watched as officers pulled their guns out on the suspects.

It all started at the Tallahassee Jewelry Center on Market Street around 1:00 this afternoon.

The store owner says he's certain the two men in their jewelry store are the same men he saw in surveillance video robbing another nearby jewelry store last month.

Employees called the police and the men took off.

Police searched a white Acura after finding the men there then arrested them.

"I just came out of my apartment and there was a white car with two guys in it," Jessica Lancaster, Plantation at Pine Lake Resident, said. "The cops had their guns out and they were yelling at them get out of the car and put their hands up. The guy was confused. He was trying to pull with his left hand and they were confusing him. He looked really upset."

The owner of the Tallahassee Diamond Center says the men didn't steal anything, but he believes it was their plan.

The jewelry store owner says he believes the men were armed, but they didn't pull out their weapon.

He says he had an employee armed and prepared to shoot if needed.

Officers did tell me that there had been some jewelry store robberies recently. Police say the men are being questioned at this time.


By: Lanetra Bennett
May 10, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Two men who fled a jewelry store are confronted by police with guns drawn.

The jewelry store owner says he believes the men were about to rob the place.

The men are being questioned right now.

Our cameras were the only ones rolling when the two men were put into the back of police squad cars.

It all started at the Tallahassee Jewelry Center on Market Street around 1:00 this afternoon.

The store owner says he's certain the two men in their jewelry store are the same men he saw in surveillance video robbing another nearby jewelry store last month.

Employees called the police and the men took off.

Police searched this white Acura after finding the men at Plantations at Pine Lake Apartments on Halstead Boulevard, then arrested them.

Jessica Lancaster lives in the complex. She says, "I just came out of my apartment and there was a white car with two guys in it. The cops had their guns out and they were yelling at them get out of the car and put their hands up. The guy was confused. He was trying to pull with his left hand and they were confusing him. He looked really upset."

The owner of the Tallahassee Diamond Center says the men didn't steal anything. But he believes it was their plan.

The jewelry store owner says he believes the men were armed, but they didn't pull out their weapon. He says he had an employee armed and prepared to shoot if needed.

Officers say that there had been some jewelry store robberies recently. Police say the men are being questioned at this time.


By: Andy Alcock
4:20 pm

The owner of a local diamond store says preparation may have saved his store from being robbed and may lead to charges against two suspects.

Tallahassee Diamond Center owner Sean Everett says he recognized two men who came into his store as wanted suspects in the robbery of Roberts Jewelers in Tallahassee last month.

Everett says he watched the surveillance video from the Roberts robbery and says he's certain the men who were in his store are the same men.

He says he has code words to prepare for that type of situation.

Those code words told an employee to call police.

Additionally, those code words told another employee to get a gun and be prepared to shoot the suspects.

He believes the men were carrying weapons in their pockets, but they never took them out.

Everett says there's a shooting target at the back of the store.

He believes when the men saw the target and saw other employees scatter, they decided to leave.

Everett says as they left, police arrived at the store.

They took two men into custody.

However Everett says two other suspects are still at large.

He says they include the driver of a potential get away car and a lookout.

A Tallahassee Police spokesman says the two men are in custody and still being questioned.

He says so far, no charges have been filed.


Tallahassee, FL - The owners of the Tallahassee Diamond Center on Market Street saw two men who looked suspicious. Police tracked them to Plantations at Pine Lake Apartments and now the two men are being questioned by police.

By: Julie Montanaro
2:50 pm

Tallahassee, FL - Two men are being questioned at the Plantations at Pine Lake.

Officers were searching the trunk of a white Acura on scene. They are counting out money on the hood of a police car and placing it in zip lock bags.


Tallahassee, FL - There is major police activity at The Plantations at Pine Lake located at 1833 Halstead Blvd.

Tallahassee Police are gathered in a parking lot at the apartment complex. The police activity began around 1:30pm.

Residents are unable to enter the complex.

Police have detained suspects.

WCTV will bring you more on the story tonight on Eyewitness News.


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