Suspect in Charleston jewelry store heist denied bail

Aquabeus Moore, 34, of Creekside Lane in Riverdale, Ga., was denied bail Friday on an armed robbery charge. (Provided)

A man suspected of being a part of a team of robbers who stole $700,000 in Rolexes from a King Street jeweler was denied bail Friday in Charleston County.

Aquabeus Moore, 34, of Creekside Lane in Riverdale, Ga., was arrested last month in Atlanta and charged with armed robbery in connection with the heist at Demetre Jewelers, 253 King St., according to Charleston police. He was denied bail during a hearing Friday, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said.

A second suspect, Charles Johnson, 35, of San Leandro Boulevard in San Leandro, Calif., was arrested in San Francisco, police said.

Peter Demetre, the store’s owner, was in the back of the store around 11:20 a.m. March 4 when he heard someone come inside, according to an incident report from Charleston police.

He walked toward the front to see two men in masks. One of then held a gun on him while the other broke a display case with a hammer and scooped up the watches. They were in and out of the store in about two minutes and took off in a dark van that they later abandoned in a Coming Street parking lot, according to police.

The 60 Rolex watches that were reported stolen in the incident have not been recovered. Police believe others were involved.

In investigation into the case is ongoing.

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