OGDEN -- More than five months after they allegedly made off with $125,000 worth of jewelry from a local jeweler, two men believed to be members of a multistate theft ring were arrested last week in Maryland and brought back to Ogden to face charges.
After months of investigation, headed by Ogden Police Detective Scott Eggerton, four Ogden detectives flew to Maryland last week and arrested David Thomas, 49, and Jerome Faison Jr., 44, said Ogden Police Lt. Danielle Croyle. Thomas and Faison were extradited and booked over the weekend into Weber County Jail, where they are being held without bail.
Court documents filed in 2nd District Court in Ogden show both have been charged with second-degree felony theft and criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor.
The pair is accused of stealing the jewelry Dec. 27 from Morgan Jewelers in Newgate Mall, at 3651 Wall Ave. According to Faison's arrest warrant affidavit filed in March, as employees helped other customers, Faison and Thomas used a tool to cut the seal from and remove the glass of the jewelry display case, allowing them to take the jewelry inside. The pair then placed the jewelry in a shopping bag and left in a maroon Grand Prix matching the description of a car registered to Faison.
Investigators were able to lift fingerprints belonging to Thomas from the inside of the glass display case, according to the affidavit.
In the weeks after the robbery of Morgan Jewelers, suspects matching the descriptions of Thomas and Faison were seen in jewelry stores in Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma and Tennessee, the affidavit states. In an Oklahoma robbery, Faison was caught on video allegedly distracting employees while two others took the jewelry.
An investigation into the theft ring, believed to consist of five to 10 members, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation is ongoing. Croyle declined to give specifics of the FBI investigation but said Thomas and Faison may end up facing federal charges, as well as additional state charges out of Utah.
Thomas and Faison appeared in 2nd District Court in Ogden on Tuesday and are scheduled for a pretrial hearing Thursday to determine if a preliminary hearing will be held, according to court documents.