Fifth person charged in armed, $1 million stolen jewelry scheme

Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 1:15 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - A fifth person and owner of several Tennessee jewelry stores was arrested in connection to a stolen jewelry scheme from back in July.

According to police, three people knocked on the door of a residence on Smallhouse Road disguised as delivery drivers in July.

According to BGPD, three people forced their way into the home at gunpoint and assaulted a woman who was restrained with zip ties and sustained a broken ankle as a result of the assault. Police said the three people then removed a safe which contained around $1,000,000 in antique jewelry which belonged to late WKU provost Barbara Burch.

Police add that video surveillance showed a white van leaving the driveway after the men loaded the safe into the back.

On December 15, Bowling Green Police Department obtained arrest warrants for Nicolas Enrique Cruz-Palacios and Javier Nunez, of Old Hickory, Tenn. for their involvement in the robbery.

Later that month, detectives arrested Jeffery M. and Patricia Weisman, of Bowling Green and charged them with complicity in the robbery. According to the report, it was determined that Jeffery and Patricia Weisman knew the victims and had inside knowledge of the contents of the safe as well as security features of the home, and that they had planned with and hired the individuals who ultimately completed the robbery.

Following a continued investigation, phone records lead police and the FBI to Belew who owns several jewelry stores in Tennessee.

Police say Marshall Belew of Mt. Juliett, Tenn. was arrested March 8 and booked in the Warren County Jail. He was charged with first-degree robbery, kidnapping, second-degree assault, felony theft.

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